Fitness Focused Motion Tracking Mats: Smart Mat

The smart mat, designed by students at MIT, is a fitness-focused motion tracking mat that can record users’ workouts. The mat is an economical way to record activity on its surface, costing only $ 100 in materials. The smart mat covers a 6 foot by 6 foot section and has over 9,000 pressure sensors that track touch interactions. The data collected from these sensors is transmitted to a neural network which then estimates the position of the body. The mat can accurately determine 15 different actions like squats, push-ups, and rolls with a 97.8% success rate.

The smart mat has many potential applications beyond the field of fitness. The low-profile mat could potentially provide fall alerts to nursing home staff, offer emergency alerts to safety teams, or even track movement in VR video games.

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