Burlington, Vermont USA; April 1, 2003: Ascension Technology, based in Milton, VT, has just hosted the filming of an exciting episode of Maine PBS’s “QUEST”, a northern New England regional television series. The episode shows how Ascension and Innovative Sports Training’s (IST) of Chicago, IL, have teamed up to apply their high tech products to solving real-world problems, such as improving a golfer’s swing.
For QUEST, IST’s performance enhancement system, The MotionMonitor®, was used to analyze program host Linda Greenlaw’s golf swing. The MotionMonitor uses Ascension’s MotionStar® tracker to collect complex 3D data on human movement. PGA Tour Instructor Michael Bentley joined Greenlaw for this state-of-the-art lesson, explaining what the data revealed about her swing and offering instruction for improvement.
The MotionMonitor’s “Swing Trainer™” provides data on golfer characteristics such as shoulder rotation, club speed, balance, center of mass, etc. With MotionStar sensors attached to her head, arms, legs and torso, Greenlaw’s movements were tracked by MotionStar, transmitted to the MotionMonitor, and instantly transformed on screen into an exactly proportional 3D skeletal model. At the same time, the system gathered precise swing and force measurements for comparative data with which Bentley could analyze and adjust Greenlaw’s swing.
The Emmy award-winning QUEST series receives major funding from the National Science Foundation. Other financial supporters include the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Maine Forest Products Council, and Irving Woodlands.
Each episode tells intriguing stories about science and nature in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Linda Greenlaw, a New York Times best-selling author and former swordboat captain, hosts the series. Laura Ozment Schenck produced the episode recently filmed at Ascension. Air date for the episode has not yet been announced.
Microprocessor Designs of Shelburne, VT, was instrumental in developing the software that turns The MotionMonitor into The Swing Trainer featured in this program. Jeff Finkelstein, president of Microprocessor Designs, was on hand to assist IST president Lee Johnson and the Ascension team during the filming.
Microprocessor Designs specializes in micro-processor based product design and development from the concept phase through manufacturing, providing hardware, firmware and software expertise for clients in the US and Canada. For more information about Microprocessor Designs, visit www.updesigns.com.
Michael D. Bentley, CEO of Bentley Sports Inc., is a PGA Tour Instructor and Director of the Okemo Valley Golf Academy in Ludlow, VT. For more information about Bentley Sports, visit www.bentleysports.com.
QUEST is produced by Maine PBS and airs on Maine PBS, Vermont Public Television and New Hampshire Public Television. For more information, visit www.mainepbs.org/quest.
Ascension Technology Corporation develops magnetic, optical and inertial
motion-tracking solutions for 3D computer-graphics applications in military
targeting systems, simulation, virtual reality, biomechanics, animation and
medicine. For more information, visit www.ascension-tech.com.
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