Wearable IoT devices measuring force in professional rugby


Sansible Wearables, IoTUK, CENSIS IoT Centre, The Data Lab and Informatics

Start date:

March 2016


4 weeks

Project abstract

Sansible Wearables has created ‘LiveSkin’ intelligent sensors, which are fitted within rugby players’ shoulder pads to capture data from collisions on the playing field.

Sansible Wearables was one of five winners at the Scottish leg of IoTUK Boost, organised by Scottish Funding Council-backed CENSIS, The Data Lab, the University of Edinburgh’s Informatics Ventures and IoTUK. It is now undergoing a one-month period of incubation and mentoring, to refine the company’s business model and make it fully fundable.

Their IoT-inspired sensor system will monitor how professional rugby players tackle with their bodies, improve training drills and inform post-injury rehabilitation programmes.

Transferring data wirelessly to specially-designed software, sports coaches, physiotherapists and medics can use the devices to monitor the force exerted by the athletes in a tackle or a scrummage, as well as examine how their bodies recover from injury. This information can then be used to improve training regimes and rehabilitation programmes to better reflect how players recuperate.

The technology being constructed by Sansible Wearables can store data and monitor it over time, helping those working with athletes to spot trends, potential areas of concern and ways in which tackling techniques and rehabilitation can be improved. The company is working with several clubs to trial the device, with interest high and a full roll-out planned in 12-18 months’ time.

Jack Ng, founder of Sansible Wearables, said: “The big opportunity for wearables is in sport and the timing is right for our product for a number of reasons. Firstly, the sector is already embracing the technology, with sports such as football equipping players with devices that monitor their speed, orientation, GPS coordinates and a variety of other data.

“Secondly, what we’re developing is unique. Although wearables are already used in sports, our product is doing something very different: measuring force. There is a real gap in the market for a system which can accurately understand and communicate how impact relates to different athletes, at different times and, ultimately, the outcome of a game. Unsurprisingly, contact sports, like rugby and American football, are the likeliest to adopt it and see the biggest results.”

Find out more about Sansible Wearables at their website

Read the Sansible Wearables press release

Sansible made use of the CENSIS IoT Centre.   Find out more about the IoT Centre

Sansible was one of 5 winners at the IoTUK Boost competition in February 2016

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