Wearable for Sports – A project by L.I.F.E., Vodafone and Politecnico di Milano
On 12 and 13 November 2018 the “Vodafone 5G Hackathon – Wearables for sports” was held at the Vodafone Village in Milan, the first hackathon dedicated to 5G organized by Vodafone, Politecnico di Milano and L.I.F.E.
The “Wearable 5G per lo sports” project, created by Vodafone with L.I.F.E. and Politecnico di Milano, consists of smart wearables connected to Vodafone’s 5G network that detect the physiological parameters and movements of an athlete to guide him during sports performance, giving him immediate feedback whether a movement is performed correctly or not.
On the evolutionary scenarios of 5G applied to this project, the 40 students of the master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science of the Politecnico di Milano challenged each other, divided into 8 teams, with the aim of creating new algorithms applicable to ‘wearables’ L.I.F.E. connected in 5G Vodafone, and develop new use cases on selected sports: running, cycling, tennis and football.
The “Tennis yourself” project presented by the “TT” team was the winner. The project is aimed at the world of tennis, to allow tennis players to improve their performance during training by receiving visual and voice feedback in real time via smartwatch. In addition to the awarding of “V by Vodafone” products, the 5 students of the winning team were offered the opportunity to continue working on the 5G Trial in Milan through paid internships offered by Vodafone and L.I.F.E.