Kinect Audio-Runner: Audio feedback for improving performance in long-distance running
Opponent: Hannes salin
Unlike many other sports, running is perceived as a sport that can be easily practiced by everybody without any need of a proper technique or previous training. Moreover, once a running pose is adapted, it becomes fairly difficult to change it for good. On the other hand, audio feedback is becoming a popular method for aiding people to improve their performance in sports. Hence, the aim of this project is to help a runner to improve his technique on a treadmill by sending him feedback by means of music and audio flags. The movements of the runner are tracked with a non-intrusive method using Kinect. Three different elements of the running technique are taken into account and a specific training can be set for every runner by setting different thresholds as goals to achieve during the training. Therefore, the training becomes more intuitive and pleasant for the runner. All these features have been assembled in a program which has been called Kinect Audio-runner.