CBC News: U of A lab developing wearable technology to prevent athletic injuries

A computer science researcher from China is working with the University of Alberta to develop wearable sensors that will help athletes perform better and reduce injuries.

Shengjie Xiu, a 20-year-old undergraduate student at China’s Sun Yat-sen University, is spending three months in Edmonton to develop match box-sized sensors that can be embedded in athletic gear from boots to helmets.

Xiu, called a “rising global star,” is lending his expertise to develop an augmented reality program that will use the sensors to assess an athlete’s performance and help avoid injuries.

Coaches and doctors will be able to assess an athlete’s motion through the use of specialized 3D goggles and a custom software application that will collect data.

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