CHENNAI: Researchers of the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, along with Inspire Institute of Sports (IIS) in Bellary, Karnataka, is developing a cost-effective boxing analytics platform to increase India’s boxing medal tally at the 2024 Olympics.
An analytics platform called ‘Smartboxer,’ being developed as a multi-version software by the Center of Excellence for Sports Science and Analytics at IIT Madras, will provide an above-par competitive edge to Indian athletes. It will provide feedback and performance assessments using Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled wearable sensors and video cameras, a communique from the institution on Monday said.
‘Smartboxer’ will be deployed to analyse boxers’ performance at Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS). Based on the feedback from IIS, changes will be incorporated into the ‘Smartboxer' analytics platform. This will enable the software to be effectively used to assist coaches and boxers.
Sports engineering, a relatively new discipline, is an interdisciplinary domain that requires the application of mathematics, physics, Artificial Intelligence and IoT-driven wearables. Sports engineering will help to understand the physiology and bio-mechanics associated with a sport. This will aid in solving sporting problems and designing better sports equipment.
Video cameras placed in the boxing ring will identify the left and right arms of a player and classify the movements as an attack, defence, or feint.
These findings gathered from the sensors and video cameras will be merged to provide comprehensive boxing analytics to provide information about key traits of the boxer. These traits are evaluated in the Olympics for scoring in boxing matches. They include quantity and quality of punch, dominance of the engagements and competitiveness.
The IIT Madras Researchers along with IIS are planning to apply for a patent for the ‘Smartboxer’ after validation from the IIS.