Short introduction to master’s thesis

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We are Jonathan Vanuytven and Nick Wauters, we are Master students engineering ICT at GroupT, Belgium.

This blog is about the non-technical environment of our master’s thesis, it should broaden our perspective about it.

The master’s thesis is in cooperation with BLOSO, a flemish government organization that encourages people to be active more often. They were interested in the current developments of technology like tracking, smartphones,… So their goal was to introduce one of those technologies into their existing facilities.

With this goal in mind, we came up with the idea of extending the Fit-O-Meter. The Fit-O-Meter is a kind of obstacle course which users can use to improve their fitness. We are going to extend it by using sensors to track the movements of the user throughout the exercises. Afterwards the users receive their results wirelessly from the sensors in an application on their smartphone. The application is a tool to make the experience of the Fit-O-Meter more enjoyable. The application gives the possibility to add and challenge friends. In this way the user has the opportunity to exercise in a social way, which encourages the user to go out and exercise on a regular basis.

We will be back for more interesting posts !

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2 thoughts on “Short introduction to master’s thesis

  1. I looked around on the internet and I found a few commercial motion detectors for example this very cheap one: http://www.monnit.com/Products/Wireless-Sensors/Commercial-Coin-Cell/868-MHz/Wireless-Infrared-Motion-Sensors
    If we use this device as a guideline, let say 100euro. As average I suggest 2 sensors per obstacle and at least 10 obstacles (which isn’t much) would give us a cost of 2000euro setup cost. Besides this there are the batteries, your nervecentre which is connected to the internet and maintenance plus supervision. Will BLOSO be able to invest in this project?

  2. Michiel,
    The sensor that you suggested is a wireless sensor. This is not required for our thesis. We have a control unit at each station (or obstacle). The sensors that will detect the movements of the user can be connected by wire with the control unit. The control unit itself has a bluetooth shield that makes sure of the connection with the smartphone application that is used to give the user some feedback of their results. This control unit together with his bluetooth shield will cost about €50. This is the most expensive part of our system. A wired sensor (infrared beam sensor for example) will cost about €20-€30. We also use the accelerometer from the smartphone for free. So for one obstacle, let’s say 3 sensors, a prototype will cost €140. If it will be put into production, it will probable be cheaper to make. We are still investigating the battery part. A possibility might be to get electricity from nearby light poles. An internet connection is not required because we use a bluetooth connection to get data to the smartphone.

    We talked with BLOSO about all these things and since it was their idea to invest in a new idea to innovate and modernize the Fit-O-Meter, they are willing to invest in all these things we mentioned.

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