GymSoles++: using smart wearbales to improve body posture when performing squats and dead-lifts

Don Samitha Elvitigala, Denys Matthies, Chamod Weerasinghe, Yilei Shi, Suranga Nanayakkara

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Squats and dead-lifts are considered two important full-body exercises for beginners, which can be performed at home or the gymnasium. During the execution of these exercises, it is essential to maintain the correct body posture to avoid injuries. In this paper, we demonstrate an unobtrusive sensing approach, an insole-based wearable system that also provides feedback on the user's centre of pressure (CoP) via vibrotactile and visual aids. Solely visualizing the CoP can significantly improve body posture and thus effectively assist users when performing squats and dead-lifts. We explored different feedback modalities and conclude that a vibrotactile insole is a practical and effective solution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Augmented Humans International Conference, AHs 2020
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450376037
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventAugmented Humans International Conference 2020 - Kaiserslautern, Germany
Duration: 16 Mar 202017 Mar 2020 (Proceedings),of%20humans%20through%20digital%20technologies. (Website)


ConferenceAugmented Humans International Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleAHs 2020
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  • Center of Pressure
  • Dead-lifts
  • Google Glass
  • Improving Body Posture
  • Sensory Extrimities
  • Smart Insoles
  • Squats
  • Vibrotactile Feedback
  • Vibrotactile Insole
  • Visual Feedback
  • GymSoles

    Don Samitha Elvitigala (Contributor)

    5 Nov 201912 Nov 2019

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