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Offline j15


  • Joined: Oct 2006

  • Location: Sydney
This might be mildly interesting to technology buffs.

Recently i took part in a scientific study to determine what makes a good kick in the game of soccer/football.

The study was done at the Syd Uni Lithgow Campus by a nice guy named Martin doing a sport science thesis.

The bit that might be interesting to the guys interested in gadgets and technology was the gear they had to do the testing. 14 Infrared cameras are strategically placed to read the movements of 45 markers stuck to your body as you approach and strike the ball. the floor is also wired up to measure the force of your steps. The end result is a polygon of yourself going through the movement that the prof. runs through some computers to see what makes a kick good. It took 2 hours to just get 10 kicks, so its quite a tricky process, but i'm looking forward to the results that i'll post up here later when i get them.

the cameras cost something like $1 mill, and pretty much blew their budget. To make the testing more useful they wanted to get some real time slo mo cameras, but that would require another $1 mil or so they didn't have.

and... i can strike a ball at 87km/h!   :scared:

Here are some crap phone pics to give you an idea of what went on, and yeah i'm ugly/naked/looks like i'm in huggies/etc :)



Offline AshSimmonds

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  • Joined: Feb 2006

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Oh man - I had so many interesting ideas to float and things to add...

...then I saw the photo of you in your huggies...... :D

LMAO!!!!



Offline flamestone

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Cool tech, but yeah why the nappy? Was it also monitored for velocity and force?  :scared:



Offline j15


  • Joined: Oct 2006

  • Location: Sydney
They're shorts, but some of the markers are attached high up on my legs so you have to roll the shorts up.



Offline flamestone

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  • Name: Shane
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Yeah we can see that, but the truth is rarely as funny as what Ash or I could come up with.   :D



Offline j15


  • Joined: Oct 2006

  • Location: Sydney
Yeah we can see that, but the truth is rarely as funny as what Ash or I could come up with.   :D

Try standing around in a cold lab like that for 2 hours at night! pointy nipple time



Offline S4Simon

  • The Rubber King of Adelaide

  • Joined: Jul 2006

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Females would have been more interesting then...
I've been rich & I've been poor...

Rich is better



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