This system consists of a sensitive punching man (dummy) connected to a vest which the user wears. When the dummy is punched, the force of the punch is transmitted to the vest. The vest transforms force into vibration so users can feel the intensity of a punch’s impact without getting hurt. With this system, the boxing training experience will be very different from traditional ways of training as users will have direct feedback of their actions during the training session.
This experience offers several advantages:
- Specific location of the regulation zones on the body of the dummy.
- Different sensors distributed according to the regulation zones (piezo film for non-regulation zones and force sensing resistor for regulation zones). The reactions of vibrating motors change depending on the regulation zones and the energy bar level changes according to the regulation zones too.
- The vibrating motors are located in the vest according to the position of each one of the sensors.
- The reaction of the vibrating motors is synchronized exactly with the punches.
feelBoxing is a project created in the workshop of Interactive Environments (Ambientes Interactivos) under the coordination of the professor Hernando Barragan, at Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.