Elevating Athletic Performance … While Reducing Injuries
The AeroTrainer is designed to give athletes and teams, together with their coaches and trainers, a full 360-degree picture of athletic performance and physical activity.
But it does much more than that.
The AeroTrainer is an active participant in an athlete's or team's training. It works to assist in athletic analysis while actively helping to prevent sports injuries, including concussions, cardiac incidents, and heat-related illnesses.
The AeroTrainer is an unmanned aerial video biotelemetry system that combined with wearable sensors and unique automated and semi-automated flight controls can provide unprecedented multi-angle vantage points and data in real time or saved for further analysis.
With all of its features and abilities, the AeroTrainer essentially becomes part of the team.
The AeroTrainer flies above and around athletes — in both individual or team sports — incorporating biomechanical sensors combined with wireless connectivity and software applications to record and transmit video and any combination of physiological signals. The system combines a high definition multi-axis camera system with various sensors and unique flight control software to record 360 degrees of video, capture biosignals, and conduct 3D movement analysis.
Modeling the body as it moves helps to improve form and reduce the risk of injuries. Monitoring the body for overheating and head impacts can help save lives.
The AeroTrainer can be used differently by different athletes in different sports.
For example, a track runner can use the AeroTrainer as a personal companion to do everything from flying behind the runner capturing video and data, such as analyzing stride and cadence, to flying orbits around the runner to produce a 3D movement analysis. The AeroTrainer also can be set to "race" against the runner in an adjacent lane, with specific speeds preprogrammed to help pace or motivate the runner.
For football, the AeroTrainer can be used by coaches to monitor players' body temperatures and other physical signs, and it can also be used to analyze plays.
The AeroTrainer can follow specific players — or specific plays, flying preprogrammed routes on a football field, for example. Plus, it gives coaches and players the ability to interact with the AeroTrainer, access data and share video.
Coaches and players can later dissect a play from various angles, overlaying the player's physical activity as well, then comment, save it, and share it.
Identifying and Preventing Injuries
Heat illnesses, concussions, and cardiac incidents have been on the rise and are the leading causes of death and disability among U.S. high school athletes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reports that more than 3 million sports-related concussions occur each year in the United States, with thousands of high school athletes suffering from various forms of heat-related illnesses.
State and national guidelines are making their way into high schools, colleges, and professional sports leagues to protect athletes from these situations, which according to the CDC are mostly preventable and can be mitigated by prompt recognition. Athletes who are monitored during physical exertion have a better chance of having symptoms identified very quickly.
The AeroTrainer uses sensors in uniforms and helmets to sense heat and measure the frequency and intensity of head impacts in real time, including setting off alarms when certain parameters are met.
Simple Flight Controls
flight controls make it easy for coaches simply to drag the AeroTrainer to any position on the
field. With automated
altitude hold, for example, the device requires only lateral movement and minimal training.
While coaches and trainers may have access to data for a whole team, individual players can use the myAeroTrainer app to access their own activity, as well as video which they can use to study or to create a "highlights" videos for recruitment purposes.
Unlimited Flying Time
For situations, such as football practice or scrimmages, where use of the AeroTrainer may require that it be aloft longer than the battery's capacity, a specially designed tether system can be used to provide electrical power directly to the device.
The tether system, together with its retractable reel and guidepost, is lightweight and can be easily erected on the sideline with no additional tools.
AeroTrainer Pro & myAeroTrainer
We contemplate two versions of the AeroTrainer: the AeroTrainer Pro and myAeroTrainer personal edition.
myAeroTrainer will not only will monitor a person’s activity and health, but also serve as an exercise companion with built-in security features. For example, a jogger running with myAeroTrainer can activate a panic button, and the system can sound an alarm, contact authorities, transmit its location, and record images of suspect vehicles.
The AeroTrainer is the brainchild of Moses Frenck, president and CEO of Samexa Corp., an aviation services company located at Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing, N.J. The company operates Royal Karina Air Service and Mercer Flight Academy providing private and commercial pilot training; Mercer Flight Works aircraft maintenance and repair; and Mercer Aviation & Aerospace summer camp.
The aviation and robotics industries are morphing at an accelerated pace. Autopilots, navigation systems, and advanced flight controls typically found in traditional aircraft are being replicated in more advanced ways in a variety of unmanned aerial systems. The AeroTrainer will bring these technologies to athletes and their trainers to enhance their training and help prevent injuries.
Together with software developers and engineers, test pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians, and advisors on biomechanics, we have assembled a well-rounded team with the skills and confidence necessary to bring the AeroTrainer to fruition.
Where We Are
We are seeking to raise $25,000 through this campaign to cover a portion of the costs of donating AeroTrainers to high schools for real-world testing and development.
We are partnering with high schools (private and public) to conduct testing of the AeroTrainer with their athletes and teams. Students in the aeronautics and science clubs will be involved with the flight control systems and sensors, while student athletes will assist with testing biomechanics.
We intend to give away at least 10 AeroTrainers to high schools in need. If you contribute $2,500 or more to this campaign, we will give away one AeroTrainer in your name. The AeroTrainer will be engraved with the donors' name and will be presented together with a press announcement.
We currently have a patent pending on both the unmanned aerial video biotelemetry system, as well as the retractable tether and guidepost system.
We feel that the AeroTrainer will be an attractive, useful product with international demand. Our marketing and sales distribution plan will be broken up into three phases: The objective of phase one is to sell the AeroTrainer Pro version to the 55,000 high schools and colleges in the United States. Sales efforts in phase two will focus on Western Europe and Australia. Phase three would divide sales into two prongs: Latin America, Brazil and South Africa, as well as Asia/Pacific. As revenue and resources increase, sales to the Middle East, Eastern Europe and India will follow.
Wearable technologies and unmanned aircraft systems separately received huge buzz during and following the recent 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Wearable tech was also all the rage at the Mobile World Congress in February.
Wearable technology is on the verge of becoming a multi-billion dollar industry before the end of the decade. A study by Juniper Research forecasts smart wearable devices to be valued at $19 billion by 2018, up from $1.4 billion today -- a 1400% increase within the next four years.
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