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Feedback in Virtual Reality Rowing

Westra, Ilse (2021) Feedback in Virtual Reality Rowing.

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Abstract:Long-term injuries in rowers are an occurring issue in rowers, which can be attributed to a bad technique during the rowing stroke. Using Virtual Reality in combination with an ergometer can give rowers the opportunity to get feedback on their technique and posture. This system can support the coaches, who often have multiple ergometers to oversee during indoor training. The main focus of this research is on improving the feedback in the VR rowing environment through the data available from the ergometer. This system has been through three previous iterations, and currently consists of the RP3 Dynamic ergometer combined with an HTC Vive. Research has shown that the power curve is an important feedback point of ergometer rowing. Although the VR environment is enjoyable to experience, it was initially meant to be used regularly, which is why the correct feedback would not only help new rowers to improve, but also gives intermediate level rowers the opportunity to improve with the help of statistics on their performance. Through a Java Platform and an external sever, a connection has been made between the ergometer and the VR system, creating the opportunity to use this available data in the VR experience. The force curve of the rower is currently shown in the environment, and this new system has been tested with beginning and intermediate level rowers.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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