StingRay - introducing a new concept in wearable technology (Canceled)
StingRay - introducing a new concept in wearable technology (Canceled)
Capturing information about exact movements, speed, acceleration, temperature, spO2, altitude & heart rate reading 20 times a second.
Capturing information about exact movements, speed, acceleration, temperature, spO2, altitude & heart rate reading 20 times a second. Read more
About this project
StingRay - a new way to think about wearable technology.
StingRay is a technical brain; it has the ability to capture lots of information and data.
Designed to allow you to record your movements and understand more about how you move so you can compare information, helping you discover if you are doing an action in the correct way and improving.
An instructor or coach could monitor multiple people wearing StingRay devices in a training / class that could all be registered to one tablet / laptop.
But it has environmental applications too - which are listed below.
With a battery that does not impact on its size and lasts for up to six hours whilst sending regular data readings to a device, it is versatile.
It is our wish to make StingRay even smaller (reduce by 50%) and encase it in silicone so it can be waterproof, and be attached to the body with heat activated tape strips (or similar). Active wear designed to fit close to your body could also support integrated StingRay devices.
StingRay offers an alternative way to record your movements, it is not a watch. We wanted to create a device that could have multiple applications.
We have created StingRay on an open platform, so it can be integrated into your project or another device.
StingRay is a small clever compact device* (*microchips, resistors, capacitors and other components combined together on a circuit board with a USB connector) that can accurately collect movement health data at very high speeds. The information can be captured every 20ms, that's 50 times a second!
Multiple StingRay devices could be used on the body at the same time enabling the capture of specific movements, which can be used to analyse the body during activity.
StingRay's ability to recording activity levels at an incredible speed, capturing individual limb movements to provide accurate data could revolutionise wearable technology.
StingRay could also help people monitor their health, maximise their potential, competitive edge, fitness levels or simply provide valuable information to help understand more about the body and how to avoid injury.
StingRay delivers a seriously heavy punch for such a small device. Applications in sport was our initial reason for the creation of StingRay however we have also thought of a few other potential applications:
- Well Being
- Heart Rate
- Sport Occupational Health
- Time and Motion analysis
- Environmental Monitoring
- Weather Station
- Impact / Collision Detection
- Drones / UAVs
- Hobbyist Remote Control devices
- Monitoring the elderly
- Proximity Detection
- Advanced 2D and 3D Gesture Detection
- Ambient Light Sensor
- Digital UV Index Sensor
- Performing Arts Motion Capture
- GPS Augmentation
- Pilot Health
- River fluid dynamics
- Attitude/angle detection
- Climate control
Why have we invested in the development of StingRay as an open platform? To enable anyone with basic technology skills to integrate StingRay into their project, because we want our technology to help individuals and small companies bring innovation into the market place. At mYmotion we have combined sensors with Bluetooth technology to help you take that technological leap forward.
The clever technology that has been incorporated into StingRay is capable of processing many different types of data, making it very transferable and not just limited to applications within sport. During two years of development it became apparent that we were actually creating a device capable of multi-platform functions with a diverse range of applications, more that we ever imagined.
Why have we invested in the development of StingRay? Because we want our technology to help individuals and small companies bring innovation into the market place.
You may already be familiar with wearable technology products such as Nike FuelBand, Samsung Galaxy Gear, Google Glass, etc. IHS Electronics and Media, an acclaimed organisation in this field, predicts that the global market for microelectromechanical (MEMS) motion sensors will grow by $41.3, $60.8, and $91.5 during the years 2014, 2015, and 2016 respectively.
Many experts in the industry, such as tech author and investor Cheryl Swanson, feel that the most significant innovations in MEMS motion sensor technology will come from relatively unknown companies.
The idea of monitoring specific areas of movement came about following a shoulder injury from kayaking. How could you effectively and efficiently monitor individual limbs and the body as a whole in motion.
Enabling the capture of data that could provide valuable information and understanding about the body, the way limbs and the body moves and ultimately performs. This gathered information could potentially enable us to improve performance, become faster, further understand our body and hopefully remain injury free. Accuracy and regular readings have been of paramount importance in the development of StingRay.
- Pressure (Operating range: 20 kPa to 110 kPa absolute pressure)
- Altitude (The altitude is calculated from the pressure, in metres)
- Temperature (-40 to 85°C)
- Heart Rate (beats per minute)
- Blood Oximetry Measurement (% of oxygen saturation)
- 3 Acceleration Channels (+/- 2g to +/- 16g)
- 3 Angular Rate Channels (+/- 245 dps to +/- 2000 dps)
- 3 Magnetic Field Channels (+/- 4 gauss to +/- 16 gauss)
- Bluetooth Low Energy
- SQI Flash Memory
- 64Mbits CPU - ARM Cortex M4F @ 64MHz
- Flash - 256 kB
- Universal Serial Bus (Fully USB 2.0 Compliant)
- GPIO & i2C expansion connector
- LIPO Charger
- Multifunction LED Indicator
- Autonomous Tracking
StingRay is 39.5mm long and 17mm wide, its thickness is governed by the micro USB connector, which is 3mm. Adding additional capability through the on board connector would add at least 0.5mm to the thickness depending upon the connector type. Our heart rate monitor connector, has been mounted on flexible PCB which enables a variety of pickup locations to be used on the body and opens wide design choices/considerations for encapsulating StingRay.
StingRay can be used via the USB connector or our preferred method Bluetooth Low Energy. We have developed a simple Command API to enable you to interact with, gather data from and setup your StingRay.
Through the API the following operating modes can be set :
- Motion - Live data via BLE of the magnotometer, gyroscope and accelerometer
- Barometer - Live Temperature and Pressure data
- Altimeter - Relative height in meters based upon local pressure and temperature live via BLE
- Health - Live Heart Rate and blood oxygen saturation levels (SPO2) vi BLE
- Download - Stream saved data from StingRays on board memory via BLE or USB
- Idle - Put StingRay in a ready state and setup detailed parameters
In addition to the modes the command API is used to set the:
- Accelerometer range (2,4,8 or 16g)
- Gyroscope range (245, 500 and 2000 dps)
- Magnetometer range (4, 8, 12, and 16 gauss) and magnetic offset for each of the three channels
- Local pressure and Altitude offset for Altimeter readings
- Temperature and pressure offset for Barometer readings
- A users definable location number
- Data collection rate (100ms to 1 minture intervals)
In order for you to get the best out of StingRay and to test its capabilities we built an iOS app which can be downloaded from the App Store for iPhone.
We use our app to test each StingRay made. Through the app we can observe all of the environmental and health data sources. Test data download, set the various channel ranges and adjust offsets. Alongside the development of StingRay we will continue to enhance our App to demonstrate, test and calibrate.
We Need Your Help
StingRay is already a working product. A demonstration App has been created and is available through the App Store for iOS devices. We know it works and are confident in its capabilities.
We believe StingRay is possibly the smallest most accurate motion and environmental data capture device currently available. The potential applications are endless and we are very excited about its future.
The funds gathered from this campaign will enable us to manufacture StingRay and further develop the app to support the captured data and finally take StingRay to the open market.
In taking StingRay to market we wish to:
- Reduce the overall footprint (conceptually we are looking to achieve a production footprint of 16mm x 24mm)
- Further Develop the supporting app and BLE Command API
- Provide support for Android devices
It has taken over two years of development to get here, we are extremely buoyant and of course a little nervous about the next part of our anticipated and inspirational journey and hope you will join us.
This whole project has come about through fascination, intrigue, enthusiasm, interest, dedication and a lot of hard work. Your support ensures our journey continues and that's an awesome prospect.
Thank you for reading this far and being interested in StingRay.
Tell Your Friends
If you’re involved or interested in sport, physical health and well-being or exercise, wearable tech or an IoT project you should already see the enormous potential of StingRay.
We hope we serve as an inspiration for other entrepreneurs and startup enterprises to get out there and release their innovations to the world through the crowdfunding model.
If you believe in us please tell your friends and share our campaign via your social media, this is just as valuable to us as a financial pledge, thank you.
Risks and challenges
In order to reduce the footprint of StingRay we will need to modify the components we currently use. The main change the processor which will be in a much smaller package. However, it will remain as an ARM Cortex M4F processor and will require only minor changes to firmware.
All of our working prototypes have been single sided, components mounted on only one face of the PCB. In order to achieve the smaller footprint we may need to mount components of both sides of the PCB (most likely to be passive components, for example the micro connector). The PCB and components may require curing twice (heating in order to set glue or apply solder) twice. Double curing may impact upon the calibration (mechanical stress through the soldering process) and require additional setup to counter mechanical stress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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