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Making better runners & cross-country skiers by real-time AI coaching

Project description

Improving sports performance and safety by means of artificial intelligence

Skiing and running are physically demanding sports and pose a high risk for injury. Utilising AI for the benefit of the athlete, the EU-funded Racefox project is introducing a personal training coach. A combination of a special wearable device worn across the chest, a smartphone app and a series of AI algorithms will analyse the position of an athlete's body in space and give real-time feedback on how to improve his/her skiing or running technique and prevent injuries. The motion data has been collected from real individuals' training and performances in races and competitions. This useful tool can further contribute to the development of dedicated training and injury recovery packs.

Objective

Wememove is a Swedish SME led by Magnus Jonsson, a successful serial entrepreneur, and Christer Norström, a PhD and a former CEO of the Swedish Institute of Computer Science. Wememove has designed and brought to TRL6 Racefox—an artificial intelligence-based personal training coach for cross-country skiers and runners. Wememove has won funding from the Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova to conduct a feasibility study and was placed on the NyTeknik 33 list of most innovative Swedish companies in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Racefox is a combination of a special wearable device worn across the chest, a smartphone app and a series of AI algorithms that analyze the position of an athlete’s body in space and give real-time feedback on how to improve his/her skiing or running technique and prevent injuries. Racefox is backed up by large amounts of motion data collected both from individuals training and performing in races & competitions.
Racefox will disrupt the personal coaching market by introducing a high-quality, low-price digital AI coach.
By September 2018 Wememove has sold 4.300 Racefox devices and became the first official digital coach of Vasaloppet—the biggest cross-country skiing race in the world featuring 70,000 participants annually. Wememove has secured a series of strategic partnerships with competitions and races globally to develop dedicated training packs. Wememove is also working with Capio—a large medical organization—to create injury recovery packs to be used by sports practitioners.
For this 24-month Phase 2 project Wememove is requesting a €1.85M contribution to bring Racefox to market, develop additional training functionality and complete injury prevention modules, validate it in several major cross-country skiing and running competitions and prepare for the large-scale market introduction.

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-2

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Coordinator

WEMEMOVE AB
Net EU contribution
€ 1 858 688,13
Address
Drottinggatan 71 c
111 36 Stockholm
Sweden

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Other funding
€ 796 580,62