Injuries sustained due to weightlifting are an incredibly common, yet preventable, an issue that gym enthusiasts face while exercising. If improper form is being used while lifting weights, significant injuries can develop over time and can reduce the overall ability to continue exercising. This essentially defeats the purpose of exercise, as it will halt the individual's progress, as well as damage their health, rather than improving it. Our proposed solution to this issue is the Pro-Tek form trainer. The Pro-Tek form trainer is a system that uses inertial and optical sensors to measure various joint angles and orientations. These measurements are used to identify whether the user is exercising with an improper form, such that they can be notified in real time, to fix their form. The intent of this system is to ensure that the user is aware of their form and will improve upon it as they progress. It will also have the capability to track other useful parameters, such as repetitions and velocity, such that the user can use these measurements to improve their exercise, and ultimately their health. All this information will be transferred to a smartphone application, for the user to have access to in the future. In order to achieve such a system, numerous requirements are evident, and need to be considered. The system first must be fixed tightly to the user, in order to obtain an accurate measurement of the various limb and body orientations. The algorithms used in detecting the improper form must also be carefully considered, as to ensure the safety of the user. Lastly, the system must be able to notify the user of improper form in real time, such that they can take immediate action, and mitigate the risk of injury development. All this data must be stored in a smartphone application, for the user to view and utilize, as required. This system is aimed to facilitate the improvement of an individual's health through exercise, by enforcing proper form, and providing the user with useful data that can be used for further improvements. The following document comprehensively specifies the requirements involved in creating such a product, as to conform to the set-out intentions, as well as safety and sustainability standards.
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440. Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem. This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.
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