The Sole Technology Institute Engineers Next-Gen Skate Shoes With Vicon Motion Capture System
Vicon, developer of motion capture systems for the entertainment, life science and engineering industries, announced that the Sole Technology Institute (STI) is using a Vicon system to capture accurate biomechanics data of skateboarders in action, to assist with the design of footwear that cushions impact and reduces injury. STI's use of this technology is being featured during National Engineering Week (February 21-25) as an application that inspires students to consider engineering careers and fields of study.
STI is part of Sole Technology, Inc, an action sports footwear company specializing in skate shoes, encompassing the brands etnies, ÇS, Emerica, ThirtyTwo and Altamont. In the STI lab, engineers have built a skate ramp with a force plate at the bottom. Skaters don a motion capture suit and the Vicon cameras capture the athlete in motion, while the force plate measures the impact when they land after jumps, tricks, riding ramps and rails, and falls. The data is then compiled and used to understand the exact biomechanics and aid in the design of cushioning technologies for skate shoes.
STI's Lab Manager, Jeremy Determan, said, "We're concentrating mostly on the lower body - looking at interactions between ankles, knees and hips. What's fascinating is the amount of impact force on skaters' bodies, which is much higher than in traditional sports. Running, for example, gives you a 2X body weight impact. Basketball is around 6X. Jumping down stairs on a skateboard delivers an 8-10X body weight impact, if you land cleanly. If not, it's up to 17X. It's easy to see that taking cushioning materials from shoes designed for basketball and putting them in skate shoes isn't enough to protect people's feet, especially kids. By knowing how much force is being applied on the foot, we were able to develop the first ever patented skateboarding cushioning technology for skate shoes, System G2. Vicon's system and the accuracy of our motion capture data is a key tool in informing our research."
About STI and Sole Technology, Inc.
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