As the excitement of college basketball reaches its peak, so does the importance of making every free throw. In 2013, the average margin of victory was 13.3 points. When we look closer at the data and adjust for things like garbage time, blowouts, and short-handed teams, that number drops to 4.6 points, or roughly one free throw attempt each quarter! Clearly, free throw accuracy can mean the difference between victory and defeat.
That's where NI comes in. Using NI LabVIEW software, NI CompactRIO hardware, and Intel's new Galileo board, students at the University of Houston created a shooting sleeve that provides real-time feedback to athletes on the effectiveness of their shooting.
Team Synergetech used NI tools to not only track motion of the player’s arm, but also take a full upper body biomedical analysis of the shooter. The device reliably provides players and coaches with data and analysis of the shot along with ways to improve, citing things like muscle fatigue or bad release.
The team's first prototype was recognized by Intel as a finalist for the Cornell Cup and the team is currently in fourth place in the nation after the first round of voting. As the project continues you can follow their progress and vote for them.