New website for CAS research project on injury-free exercise

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Prevention of sports injuries

Often when we think of injuries in sports, we think about injuries that happen openly and during big sport events such as the soccer player getting carried off the field holding their knee or road racing cyclists after a fall. We don’t necessarily think of injuries that happen in the gym, injuries that can happen to us. Injuries in fitness are less common than in other types of sport, however, they are the leading cause to stop working out. While good care and proper revalidation are essential for recovery after an injury, the best way to allow people to continue to work out is the prevention of injury in the first place.

Since 2019 VicarVision is involved in the Citius Altius Sanius or CAS project, which aims to prevent injuries in professional and recreational athletes. Alongside PhD students from the TU Delft and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we help to develop feedback systems for strength and fitness training to prevent injuries.

Exercise Injury

FaceReader 9 Release – Improved Analysis Performance and Possibilities

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We have surpassed the previous version again and are very satisfied with the new FaceReader 9 release. FaceReader 9 has improved deep learning based modelling capabilities for higher quality and faster analysis. It features a completely new project analysis module which will make the analysis of your results much easier. There are also some new features and outputs, such as gaze direction, head position, heart rate variability, and operators in the custom expression module.

FaceReader 9

Visitors can Experience AI with the Mirror Cube in the Vienna Technical Museum

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AI innovations are one of the most relevant topics of the 21st century. AI is everywhere in our everyday life, but to many people this presence is very abstract. Therefore, the Technological Museum of Vienna has created an exhibition on robotics and AI to help uncover the surrounding myths. The museum wants to give visitors a transparent look at the utopias and hysterias surrounding humanoid robots and autonomous systems. The exhibition allows visitors to dive into the fascinating algorithms of artificial intelligence. We were happy to collaborate on one of the exhibits: The Mirror Cube, where people can experience what it is like to “become data”.

AI MirrorCube AI Technical Museum

First Results of our Mobile Health Innovation Project

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Last year we received an innovation grant from INNOLABS, for our project H2A2 – A Healthy Heart with Automated Assistance – to create an unobtrusive health monitoring tool. With an innovative technique, called remote photoplethysmography (remote PPG), heart rate can be detected from the face. This functionality is already available in FaceReader. Since this technique requires high quality recordings, we wanted to test whether it is also accurate when the camera of a mobile device was used. Together with our partner PLUX, a Portuguese company specialized in advanced biosignals monitoring platforms, and a Portuguese telecommunication company IT, we collected physiological ground truth data and video recordings from a tablet. This data can validate the heart rate assessment and emotion classification on a mobile device.


FaceReader 8 release! – More flexibility and extra possibilities

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We are happy to announce the release of FaceReader 8, perhaps the most ambitious and elaborate release so far. It is now possible to measure expressions of children under the age of 2 (Baby FaceReader), to record audio and make infrared recordings, to measure consumption behavior, to analyze left and right action units separately, and to create your own expressions. For a more elaborative overview, see our partner’s page what’s new. In this blog post, we want to further go into the ‘create your own expression’ module.