Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center (AIRCC)

Volume 13, Number 05, March 2023

An Intelligent and Data-Based Skate Analyzer to Assist in Analyzing Movements of Skate on Ice


Yirina Wang1, Yu Sun2, 1USA, 2California State Polytechnic University, USA


Ever since the start of Figure Skating, there has been an emphasis on skating technique, especially in the step sequences of a skater’s choreography [1]. But Figure Skaters often are not able to detect the motion, edge, or placement of their blade on the ice without watching themselves skate. The solution to this problem would be to have a skate analyzer. A skate analyzer would record the movements of a skate on ice and one would be able to playback the recorded data and view their skate motion precisely [2]. Three main components that my project links together are the QTPY-ESP 32 microcontroller, the sensor that combines the accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer, and the SD card reader. The QTPY-ESP32 is a microcontroller that acts as a main computer controlling the whole board. The QTPY is then connected to a sensor board through an I2c protocol. Then, through an SPI protocol, the QTPY is connected to an SD card reader. After the skater is finished recording, they can insert the SD card in a computer, upload the data into the app, and play it back. There is also a slider on the top of the screen that the skater can slide back and forth to view the skate at specific times in the file. This would be a great technology to use for skaters as they can playback their movements on ice and improve their technique [3].


Figure skate, Ice, Analyzer