punching bag metrics.
WHAT: i always wanted to know how hard a punch or a kick strike was - and how it compares to your friends. or your dad. ever watch fightscience on Discovery Channel? or Human Weapon on NatGeo? like that - but smarter / open source.
OBJECTIVES: measure strike energy, reaction time, strikes per period, accuracy. maybe linkup to a hi speed camera for playback.
HOW:initial thoughts were to embed a force sensor (but i dont know how much of a beating they can take), or use an accelerometer in a known mass bag, figure out the energy transferred. or embed sensors in gloves/footpads. for accuracy - maybe have lightup spots on the bag, and measure how far you are from the mark. to be learn and more efficient, you can measure your movements (from camera and timing) relative to a pro.
APPLICATION:this way, when two people want to "violently" throw down - you can measure up two opponents, without anyone actually getting hurt. its like nerd-core punch-out, without loosing our valuable teeth. it's also nice to work on technique with a metric to go by.