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Tour de France: AR for the Win #1: Fatigue Hawks

A slightly futuristic, highly realistic series of posts…


Arbicle- a piece of bicycling equipment utilizing AR, augmented reality.
I created the word above. In this post, a number of possible ideas and technologies are mentioned. Some may already be in use. However, now, there are no pieces of equipment designed specifically for the uses I mention. So, I have created the word “arbicle”, a combination of AR and bicycle. A small word and easy to "handle", it resembles the word ‘article’: arbicle.

What I am imagining are devices (arbicles) built specifically for the purpose of displaying or generating digital information related to bicycling. (This series of posts focuses upon racing.)

Note: I am not a medical specialist of any sort, and the following are not to be taken as anything more than theoretical exercises.

AR for the win #1: Fatigue Hawks

In this theoretical situation, we assume the following:

  • There are extensive performance, muscle fiber and blood analysis records for all racers. Data related to performance on similar roads and inclines is especially valuable.
  • Blood, saliva, and possibly urine tests can be quickly and periodically be conducted on racers for such things as: myoglobin levels, lactate clearance rate and other biochemical markers related to fatigue.
  • The above information can be combined with live feeds of: the peloton, wind and weather information, road gradient information.
  • Two way communication exists between the fatigue hawk and team members.

The fatigue hawk analyzes all of the data that is presented. Customized algorithms are used.

Communicating with voice, symbols and messages, the fatigue hawk offers suggestions on how to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses of the team itself. Equally important, the fatigue hawk identifies opportunities, and weaknesses of opposing teams.

Data may reveal the leading team's difficulty with hills for example. By monitoring his/her own team's performance, the wind conditions and the gradient of an upcoming hill, the fatigue hawk can strategize and communicate so that advancement upon the leader can be made.

There are many uncontrollable factors in the Tour de France, but a strong collection of live data is information; and information is power. In the case of the Tour de France, the power is that of an athlete who cannot afford to waste a single kilojoule.

Studying the 1989 Tour de France, much can be learned about efficiency and power; the difference between first place and second was eight seconds.

The rider's arbicles would include a GPS tracking device and a visor capable of displaying the fatigue hawk's symbols and messages. Rearview and frontview cameras are also possibilities.

The fatigue hawk would need an arbicle capable of processing all incoming live data, storing records and communicating audio/visual data to the team members, individually and as a whole.

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I am a writer, researcher, AR producer and artist. No one is sponsoring this; I am now preparing a book on AR and Bicycle Safety. My other books are here.

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For further information:

https://www.dimensiondata.com/believe-in-greatness/tour-de-france

What is Fatigue? New Yorker article by Alex Hutchison

The Science of Running: How to Find Your Limit and Train to Maximize Your Performance by Steve Magness

Cycling and Augmented Reality

There is much more AR/Bike info here.

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The presentation at the 419 Room will be from 5:30-6:30 on Tuesday May 21. We can hang around and have another coffee afterwards.

Stephen Back's presentation at the 419 Room, on Augmented Reality and Bicycling
Background image: https://www.cgstudio.com/3d-model/cyclist-athlete-in-red-suit-on-bicycle-353909

The presentation is for a general audience and is not technical. The basics of AR will covered, along with examples of how AR is changing the world of bicycling, including safety, navigation, racing, and body monitoring. There will also be some speculation on how AR could impact the Northwestern Ohio bicycling world.

Admission could possibly be $5 (now checking to see if this permissible with Rustbelt) or a social media post or two emails to interested parties. CC: AR2wheels@gmail.com

This is a self-funded project; no sponsorship and no sales of any kind.

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I am also prepared for presentations all kinds of AR-themed presentations. For example: for children, for finance, for businesses, for parties, events and for general audiences. Consulting services are also available. email: ar2wheels@gmail.com

Thanks!

SB

The following is for a presentation I will be doing in June, in association with GOBA, the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. The presentation is not open to the public.

My background,including the presentation at MIT.

My books.

SXSW!

Ar entrepreneur Stephen Black interview
Kevin Turley interviewing Stephen Black

I will be sharing information and doing demonstrations for a general audience. This is not a technical presentation; it will be entertaining and informative for bicyclists of all ages.

I am not affiliated with any of the companies and there are no sales pitches of any kind. I recently gave a talk about AR at MIT. At the bottom of this post is a flyer for the workshops and presentations I gave at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

If you have any suggestions or questions, add them in the comments section. Thank you! (There will be additions and refinements made to this post as it gets closer to the live presentation. Stop back!)

This link explains how the Cannondale/AR/Vuforia platform evolved. A bit technical, but interesting.

Rouvy indour training

An article about an AR being tested in England to increase bicycle use by teens and other groups not normally bike active.

Bike construction project by Prefrontal Cortex

Velonews report on AR smartglasses.

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I do many things, including write books, one of which is a bestseller.

Speaking of writing, Chris Register will also be at the GOBA event, and he has written a series of books based on his journey across America by bicycle. The book is called Conversations With US, and there is a great website about it here.

AR consultants
Poster for Stephen Black's presentations and workshops at Hong Kong PolyU, July 2018

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