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$21,421
pledged of 75.000 $pledged of 75.000 $ goal
65
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, September 29 2013 3:21 PM UTC +00:00

About

Power and speed when executing slapshots and snapshots are vital to every hockey player. We have created a major technological innovation that will forever change the way amateur and professional athletes train for this sport. 


FWD Powershot—empowering your daily training regime

Designed by the Quattriuum team, the FWD Powershot is a sensor that attaches to your hockey stick, enabling you to measure different aspects of your performance.

The technology in the FWD Powershot learns how you play, targets your strengths and weaknesses, follows your progress over time and compares your performance with that of other players.

Because we’re passionate about sports and cutting-edge technology, we realized there was no technological solution that enabled players to push their talent one step further. We combined our strengths to create an accessible and ultra-efficient tool—something that would bring science to our national sport.

The FWD Powershot enables you to measure the power and speed of your shot and the amplitude and execution speed of your swing. Analyze your performance, watch your progress and compare results with teammates. Start training today and achieve specific, measurable goals.

This is the maximum speed attained by the blade of the stick. This speed is usually reached just before the toe of the blade touches the playing surface. 

The time required to complete the shot. This is calculated as the time between the stick leaving the playing surface and the stick impacting the puck.

The angle is the maximum amplitude of the swing. This is a measurement (in degrees) of the size of your backswing.

This metric is estimated based on other data (duration, angle, acceleration, etc.). The estimate assumes that you execute your shot correctly. 

Acceleration is the intensity of the power transferred into the shot motion—a combination of the acceleration gained by shifting body weight and the acceleration of your arms.

The rotational speed is the angular velocity of the stick in degrees per second. It can be expressed as the speed with which the stick performs the circular motion of the shot. 

The FWD Powershot is a user-friendly, high-performance tool that processes real-time data from sensors, which detect and analyse complex movements like shooting techniques in hockey. The system is a powerful asset for players looking to push their skills to the next level, fast.

View statistics, compare performances with other people and share achievements on social networks with the FWD Sportscard app. Set up challenges at any time and monitor the performance of other participants.

Access recent events from your virtual hockey card to review your shots, write a comment or just share them.

Preliminary works

The idea of providing sport players with autonomous sensors started in March 2012. At that time, we were experts in digitizing motion using hybrid solutions that combined inertial measurements and radio location. The sporting application became a side project to expand our expertise beyond just motion tracking and to include motion recognition and quantification. Since we were already working on an ice hockey player tracking application, we naturally opted for our national sport as the primary target.

V0.9 – V1.0

In June, we built our first sensor dedicated to motion detection and identification. To accelerate the development, our platform was composed of off-the-shelf development and sensor boards. During the summer of 2012, we performed several measurement studies on ice and in the lab to better understand the dynamics of key motions in hockey: skating, checking, shooting, etc. In August, we decided to focus on stick related motion, and the idea of the Powershot began to take form.

V1.5

In October, we completed our first stable hardware version. We demonstrated early Powershot prototypes during a local event in Montreal where about 500 hockey enthusiasts had the opportunity to try it out. We received tons of comments and suggestions which greatly helped in steering the next stages of development.

During the tryouts, we realized how hard slap shots hit the puck and the playing surface! We literally obliterated our first prototypes! During this stage we also initiated the development of the enclosure that would become another innovation. The detection and quantification algorithm back then was pretty much unstable and was often generating erroneous results; however, we felt we were nonetheless on the right track but that much work remained.

V2.2

From January to April 2013 we built a strong—very robust—hardware platform. We also fixed issues with the recharging mechanism and optimized the battery life. The sensor housing, moulded from a high-tech urethane potting compound proved to stand up to the force of professional hockey players. During our discussions with several players, we realized how much they were interested in deeply understanding the mechanics of their shot motions. From that moment, we decided to add new metrics that, at first, felt too “engineered” or “technical”; however, it turned out to be greatly appreciated by hockey players.

V2.2 brought the final version of the housing that enables the Powershot to fit in nearly any composite hockey stick. With this type of insert, players don’t have to make any compromises. They choose their preferred stick and simply insert the sensor unit in the shaft. Moreover, the Powershot is reusable and can be easily transferred to another stick.

V3

During the summer of 2013, we developed a new, more energy-efficient hardware platform with more computing power for upcoming new features. The new platform is also more cost effective and ready to be introduced into a large-scale production pipeline. In addition, we designed a new type of molded housing that is even sturdier. During the same period, we also worked very hard to fine tune the algorithm. We completed a rigorous ice test campaign involving hockey players from nearly all ages and levels. With this new data, we were able to stabilize the puck speed estimator using the player level as a boundary data set.

Today, we are offering Kickstarter backers the opportunity to receive the first release of this new platform.

“With FWD, you can’t help but get better! Totally innovative.” – Eric Mullen, Michigan

“It will finally be possible to measure angles for strategic shots, something that couldn’t be done until now. An amazing tool to hone our hockey players’ technique.” – Matthew Scott, Missouri

“We will be able to measure our performance not only in training but in games as well.” – Steve Robinson, Ottawa

“Incredible! It is just the tool I need to improve my game.” – Jeff Cooper, Illinois

“I also like the social aspect of being able to compare myself to the other players.” – Nick Hayes, Minnesota

“Before, it was possible to measure speed with radar, but this technology measures variables that would have been inconceivable to detect in the past.” – Jean Perron, Montreal  

The Powershot is ready to enter its high volume production phase. With your support, we’ll be able to optimize mass production with the specialized tooling as well as ordering the required large quantities of electronic components. Backing us at this stage will help Quattriuum set up the efficient manufacturing process required for delivering quality products to hockey enthusiasts worldwide.

Founded in 2007 by a group of tech-savvy entrepreneurs, Quattriuum specializes in motion tracking and analysis.

Drawing on its team’s specialized expertise in the areas of telecommunications, microelectronics and computing, the company aims to export these competencies to other sectors and increase the range of potential applications.

Measurement and analysis of human gestures

By offering personalized solutions for measuring and analyzing human gestures, Quattriuum is joining an international movement exploring the new frontier of the quantified self. Our experts integrate movement-tracking technology into attractive and interactive applications that enable you to analyze, present, share and compare results. We develop complex algorithms and high-performance systems dedicated to quantifying and analyzing movement.

Performance analysis tools for amateur and professional sports

Inspired by a deep digital understanding of motion, Quattriuum is working to create products for sports organizations as well as amateur and professional athletes. We aim to help players understand and improve their individual and collective performance.

Risks and challenges

Our team has completed an extensive series of in-training and in-game tests of the Powershot. So far the results are amazing and our next main challenge is bringing the Powershot to mass production. The application is currently available on the App Store for the iOS platform. You can already download and install the application to get a better understanding of the Powershot advantages. Tens of beta testers are currently using their Powershot on a regular basis and the feedbacks are great!

In order to mitigate the risks associated with going into large scale production, we are working with a world-class contract manufacturer. Such strategic partner brings a dedicated team of experts in design, test and production as well as state-of-the-art facilities. The delivery dates provided to the Kickstarter community come from a rigorous and comprehensive planning, which includes contingencies for unforeseen obstacles.

Quattriuum gathers a team of innovators, creators and visionaries who also cumulate several man-years in project management. Clear and efficient communication is our golden rule when it comes to management and you can expect to be promptly informed of the events which may occurs down the road.

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    SPECIAL THANKS. Get special thanks for helping us make it to the next step! You'll receive a sincere thank you from the Quattriuum team. We will also keep you up to date on our progress developing the Powershot.

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    BETA TESTER. In addition to our special thanks, you'll be registered as an official Mobile App beta tester. You will receive the updates weeks ahead of the crowd, and you'll get the chance to contribute to the evolution of our application by providing feedback and ideas.

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    T-SHIRT + BADGE. In addition to our special thanks, you'll receive a special edition FWD – Bring it! t-shirt. Moreover, your FWD mobile profile will be given a "FWD First Line" digital badge. Such badge will only be granted to a Kickstarter's backer—a one of a kind opportunity! Please add $18 for shipping.

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    FACE OFF! Ice rinks, land of the quick... Outspeed your opponents and seize this opportunity to power up your game at an incredible price! In addition to our special thanks, you will receive one Powershot at a $50 discount. Shipping to Canada and the U.S. included. Only the first 500 quickest players will be granted such honour!

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    SECOND WAVE. Steady stride to win the race! Get your hand on a Powershot at a $25 discount, shipping to Canada and the U.S. included.

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    THE STANDARD PACKAGE. Make the FWD team and get yourself equipped with one Powershot. Shipping to Canada and the U.S. included.

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    POWERSHOT CARBON EDITION. Make it to the next level and unsheathe your Powershot CARBON limited edition. With mat black garnitures and cap, the CARBON edition shall dominate the ice rink! Only select elite shooters will be granted this special gear. Shipping to Canada and the U.S. included.

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    POWER PLAY. In addition to our special thanks, receive two Powershots and two limited edition t-shirts. We'll also add a limited edition sticker bundle to the lot! Shipping to Canada and the U.S. included.

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    MAKE IT TO THE BOARD. In addition to the POWER PLAY, we'll fly you out to Quattriuum's Headquarters, located in beautiful Quebec City for a one-day brainstorming session aimed at defining the next generation of performance monitoring technologies. You will be privy to our longterm roadmap and have the opportunity to express your vision of future sport technologies. This opportunity is limited to U.S. and Canada residents only.

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