Nano4Sports is a research project of the European Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland fund. The project management of Nano4Sports is at KU Leuven, Belgium. The center of expertise Interaction Design IXD contributes to Nano4Sports with research into how sound can be used as a feedback instrument for sporters. The project term is September 2016 to August 2019.
The aim of the Interreg Nano4Sports project is to bolster Flandres and The Netherlands as innovators in sports technology. The project includes networking and collaboration between universities, research centres, innovative small & medium enterprises and end users.
The efforts of Interaction Design focus on sonification to help sporters. In the Nano4Sport test environment at Strijp-TQ, Eindhoven, treadmills and sensors are used to monitor how sounds can influence the movements and body postures of runners. The goal is to develop a sonic feedback tool that helps runners to prevent injuries and to stay in shape. This fits in with the views of the center of expertise on tangible interaction and experience design.