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June 2020 - TV Coverage and New Swiss Record

Lots of great visibility for Archinisis in a single week

Swiss TV SRF interviews Benedikt

Last Friday we were with Team BSV IBEX and the Swiss National TV SRF for a performance analysis in Schiers (Graubünden, Switzerland). On Saturday, the TV published a reportage about the training: https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/sport-clip/video/chip-und-computer-fuer-eine-bessere-technik-im-langlauf?id=e3649362-5da7-4389-97de-4a24e6d79e5d&startTime=1. During the 3:19 minutes our system is explained and coach Markus Walser and athletes state what they like about our system and the added value it brings them.

"The system provides additional training motivation and shows what we do right and wrong. I think it will bring us further and has already helped us in the past, too" says athlete Severin Bonolini in the video.

New Swiss all-time record 150m

Track and field athlete Ajla del Ponte is training with our track and field performance analysis system since May. She is one of the first athletes to regularly use our system. Now she broke the Swiss all-time record over 150m. Is this a coincidence?

June 2020 - Launch of Track and Field Performance Analysis

Obtaining precious inputs for the upcoming summer Olympic games

Initially planned for the upcoming fall we are very happy that we can already release our newest product now: track and field performance analysis. It uses the same hardware as for the other sports: a miniature sensor with integrated GNSS (GPS + GLONASS + GALILEO) and inertial sensor worn on the upper back. The software has been adapted to measure sprint-specific parameters such as running cadence, step length, or vertical oscillation. Open the full product description

During the month of May we were able to extensively test our product with high-level athletes from Switzerland for sprint, hurdles and long jump. First tests have also been performed at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) for pole vault. These tests allowed us to fine-tune our software, increase its robustness and make sure that we deliver exactly what athletes and coaches need.

We are extremely proud to release this unique product for the track and field sports. Usually, to obtain the same parameters, complex and time-consuming tests are needed that can only be performed 2-3 times a year in dedicated research centres. With our product athletes can measure these parameters during each of their training and have the results ready within minutes!

Step-averaged speed and vertical oscillation for a typical sprint
Average step speed and center of mass vertical displacement (e.g. vertical oscillation) for a typical sprint. Each step (left and right) was time normalized to 100% prior to computing the averages. This figure is automatically generated for the steady state phase of each recorded sprint.

We believe that this product will provide the extra input needed for athletes to keep their energy high and fine-tune their performance until the Olympic Games - despite that this year's competitions are postponed or will take place in a special format. Our system gives athletes the insights needed to gain the extra 1-2% and secure the podium.

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Mai 2020 - Starting our 3rd year

Remote training, monthly pricing, centimeter accuracy, and summer sports

Remote training

Archinisis' systems allow to track training from a distance. We cannot replace the coach's eyes but our system monitors the entire training, no matter where the coach is - next to a skiing track or at home. Thus, he always knows what his athletes are doing and can closely follow their training progress. Even when the athlete is training hundreths of kilometers away.

Monthly pricing

We have revised our pricing scheme and offer now monthly prices. Our flagship product, cross-country skiing performance analysis, is now available for as little as net EUR 85.- per month (excl. tax) for individual athletes. Order it here for yourself or your team! The sensors are included in the setup price and cost no more than a high-end sport or smart watch. Every customer will get a 1:1 online instruction.

Centimeter accuracy

With our latest updates we are able to obtain a centimeter-accuracy for reference tracks and can compute the mechanical energy and motion efficiency. This new tool allows to compare the influence of fatique and training progess on their skiing technique and efficiency. In the example below we show how the mechanical energy changes for different slope angles between the first and last lap of a double poling interval training.
By the way, the tracks can now also be exported to CSV and GPX files, for example to program treadmills.

Energy level versus normalized double poling cycles for interval training
Mechanical energy level changes between lap 1 and lap 8 of a double poling interval training. One lap measured 2.15km and had a total climb of 41.5 meters. Each color shows the average energy level fluctuations within double poling cycles for a given slope inclination. The most efficient movement would be a straight line from zero to the energy level at 100% of the cycle. Especially for slight uphill (blue) there is a big difference between the laps and we can see that due to fatigue the efficiency has decreased.

Summer sports

We have started our testing phase for sprint and hurdles performance analysis. Within two weeks only the system has been tested by 5 national and international-level athletes and the results were very promising. We are confident that we will be able to launch this new product in early June, already!

March 2020 - The Winter for Archinisis

New Customers and US Trip

CES2020 Swisstech group picture

In January 2020 we were at CES 2020 in Las Vegas and at Swissnex in San Francisco. Those three weeks were intense, we learned a lot and did even more networking: we talked to many interested persons, to senior researchers, athletic directors, and to a few potential future customers. And we won the 3rd place at the #swisstech startup competition in Las Vegas!

We won the 3rd place at the pitch competition SwissnexSF group picture

We could confirm that we are on the right track with our unique selling point: it seems that no other company is able to offer such a simple yet in-depth sports performance analysis like we are doing. This gives us energy for the future and shows that even as a small company we can compete against the big players.

Our increased sales efforts are bearing their fruits as well: the Finnish and French national teams are now using our system and we are very proud to support their athletes with our technology. We also have the first sport gymnasium, the Hochalpines Institut Ftan who is using our system for training their top athletes in alpine ski racing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing.
Our sponsored team, the Team BSV IBEX, is doing very well in this season and their coach confirmed that our system contributed to an optimal season preparation: without our system, their athletes would not have attained such good results in their first season as a Visma Ski Classics team!

Team BSV IBEX group picture. Photo credits Visma Ski Classics

December 2019 - Archinisis in the US

Meet us in January at the CES and in San Francisco

We are exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show, CES, in Las Vegas from Jan 7 - 10 2020. Come and meet us at our booth #53221 in the Eureka Park at Sands.

After CES we will be in San Francisco from Jan 11 - 25 2020 and participate in the Swissnex bootcamp. This program will help to meet with potential key players around the Bay Area to better understand the American eco-system and identify potential partners for our US market entry. Write us if you want to schedule a meeting in San Francisco. On the evening of Jan 22 there is a public demo night you are most welcome to join!

September 2019 - Archinisis Portrait Video (German & French)

Fri Up releases promotion video

We were working hard the last few months and are pleased to have signed a sponsoring agreement with Team BSV IBEX, a Visma Ski Classics team from Graubünden, Switzerland. Together with Fri Up, from which we get business support and coaching, we accompanied the team for a practice session this summer. Watch the video to learn more about Archinisis and how the Team BSV IBEX is using our technology to optimize their training.

May 2019 - First Year Archinisis

Demos, release and expansion

The last six months went by very fast and Archinisis kept both focussing on expansion and the release of the cross-country and biathlon performance analysis platform. Senior lecturer and coach Stefan Lindinger is now the official brand ambassador for cross-country skiing and biathlon. He was for many years in Salzburg and is now in Gothenburg. He is author of many of the most read and cited cross-country research papers of the last 15 years. Fredy Hauser, marketing expert and sport enthusiast, is coaching Archinisis in all marketing-related questions.

And, most important, Archinisis hired the first employee after the founder: Jeremy Patton was hired in February and works as a software engineer and algorithm designer. He holds a master degree in life sciences from EPFL.

The upcoming weeks will be spent by further spreading our system and extending it to other sports. Negotiations with different national teams, race organizers, and companies from all over Europe are currently underway. Contact us if you would also like to work with us!

Social Media

Since March Archinisis has also its own Instagram account: www.instagram.com/archinisis/. We try to post every week some information about our latest developments, conferences, collaborations, etc. Follow Archinisis on Instagram to never miss any news!

Conferences

Picture from ICSS - Courtesy Teemu Heikkinen, University of Jyväskylä

GEST 2019, Feb 20 - 22, Würzburg, Germany

Archinisis took part at GEST 2019 both as an exhibitor and a presenter. We presented our latest work on automatic sub-technique classification in skating cross-country skiing. We can proudly state that our system is the best performing system for everyday use during trainings with a correct recognition rate of 98.4 percent for gears 2, 3, 4. Read the full details here.

ICSS 2019, March 11 - 15, Vuokatti, Finland

The International Congress on Science and Skiing took for the first time place in Finland. For Archinisis this is the most important research congress as most researchers active in winter sports sciences and biomechanics are present - the current main target group for our research market. Archinisis did live demos with different participants from Scandinavia and central Europe and also demonstrated its ability to include other systems where a combination with force data from Proskida was presented. The two systems together are able to provide you the full picture about cross-country skiing, from forces to kinematics.

November 2018 - Already 6 months Archinisis!

After six months of existence it is time to reflect and provide you with some inside stories of what we did this past half year.

Archinisis GmbH was founded by Benedikt Fasel in May 2018 at the Bluefactory in Fribourg (Switzerland) with the support of Fri Up and the Fribourg Development Agency (promotion économique / Wirtschaftsförderung). These first six months have been spent developing the different sensors and algorithms.

To start with, Archinisis needed two new specialized sensors, able to collect data with a sufficiently high precision. The first sensor, the GNSS-IMU sensor, measures 3D position and velocity with the help of a GNSS (GPS) and acceleration and angular velocity with the help of an inertial measurement unit (IMU). The second sensor, the synchronization unit, allows for the first time to accurately and automatically synchronize any video recorded with a handheld camcorder with the GPS-time. This allows a fully automatic synchronization between videos and sensor data. The sensors were developed by the Swiss company Advanced Sport Instruments with several years experience in hardware and sensor design for outdoor sport applications.

Cross-country and biathlon performance analysis platform

Picture from the Östersund Ski Stadium

The most time was spent on developing the algorithms and software platform that allow to extract and visualize sport-specifc performance parameters. Being a participating company in the Swedish Center of Health Innovation - Home of Internet of Sports we decided to focus our first development on cross-country skiing and biathlon. So far, in 2018, Benedikt has been four times to Östersund to collect data and meet with coaches to evaluate the needs from the field and requirements for hardware and software.

The entire analysis platform has been programmed in Python and is web based. This allows accessing the data from anywhere and results can be shared easily with other coaches or the athletes. Dedicated algorithms allow to increase the precision of the low-cost GNSS so that it can for example be used to analyze intermediate times with a 95% error confidence interval of only 0.3 seconds. This work has been presented at the conference Spinfortec 2018 in Munich.

A special sensor fusion algorithm has also been developed and will allow to estimate the center of mass speed and position of the athlete, even though the sensor is placed on the athlete's upper body. Moreover, with this information we will also be able to automatically detect the subtechnique for classical and skating cross-country skiing styles. For biathlon, we designed a very precise and sensitive algorithm that can detect the time of each release of a shot, even if the sensor is not attached to the rifle!

Conferences

Picture from the SPOT - all start-ups

The SPOT 2018, May 15-16, Lausanne, Switzerland

This was the very first conference where Archinisis was present. We had a booth and participated in the start-up battle. It was a very interesting conference and allowed to start making the name Archinisis known to a greater public.

Post OWG 2018, June 28-29, Vuokatti, Finland

The first sports conference where Archinisis was sponsor. Coaches and researchers from the Skandinavian countries discussed the results of the past Olympic Winter Games and shared some of their experience how the games were prepared. Benedikt could catch up with a lot of researchers and professors he met during his PhD who were all eager and happy to learn that he is now commercializing some of his developments from the PhD.

Spinfortec 2018, September 4-7, Munich, Germany

Archinisis participated in the pre-conference workshop was also a sponsor. This conference allowed us to have a glimpse on the very important German market and also teach the students the basics of inertial sensor processing and 3D video analysis during the workshop.

Customized Developments

Menios, Germany

The company Menios (formerly Myon) is integrating the joint drift correction algorithms Benedikt developed during his PhD in their full-body inertial sensor system. Archinisis is ensuring the industrialization process and improving the correction algorithms for low intensity movements such as treadmill walking and biking applications, two domains where other systems are unable to provide reliable results for the 3D joint angles.

Qualisys, Sweden

Qualisys, a Swedish company producing camera-based 3D motion capture systems is now seamlessly integrating inertial sensors into their system. Together with Menios, Archinisis is providing technical expertise for inertial sensor processing and is also active in the development of new fusion algorithms.

Marsblade, Sweden

Marsblade is based in Östersund, Sweden, and is behind the Flow Motion Technology, improving the performance for inline skating and ice hockey. With the support from the Center of Health Innovation - Home of Internet of Sports Archinisis is testing whether inertial sensors integrated in the inline skate or ice hockey shoes can be used to track the movement and provide feedback on the training performance.