Lolo Jones: 3D Motion Capture
- JUN 20, 2012
- Lolo Jones
- About this Video
- Far from the eyes of the worldwide media and legions of fans that have been putting increasing focus on USA Track & Field star Lolo Jones this year, a different kind of lens has been setting its sights on her form. Using 3D motion capture technology, Red Bull Project X centered on a secret high performance training program over four months to help pinpoint and perfect Lolo’s training in a manner never utilised before in track and field. Alongside the motion capture technology more often known for major Hollywood movies and high-tech video games, additional technologies were used including an Optojump, an optical LED based system set on the ground to capture contact times and a Phantom camera, which captured imagery at up to 1,250 frames per second and provided visual interpretation to minuscule detail. While athletes have used motion capture in the past, it was never tested over the length of a track run, nor has it ever been used on a hurdler outdoors. In a sport where the difference between first and fifth can be mere hundredths of a second, each minor improvement can have a hefty impact. Lolo: “Knowing that I can fix my errors and practice and get smarter and better and faster in the practices, that’s what’s going to help me in the races. I feel like Red Bull Project X is my edge. And sometimes that’s all you need.”
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