Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

French-start up uses AI to analyse sports performance

Steve Rogerson
December 6, 2016



French start-up PIQ is bringing artificial intelligence into sports wearables. After two years of R&D and €13m investments, the company’s 50 engineers developed a technology protected by ten international patents that can identify athletes’ winning factors, highlighting the key strength they should leverage to succeed.
 
This development has led PIQ to introduce two products: Gaia is an autonomous system that understands and analyses sport movements; and Robot is a high-performance sensor.
 
The combination of Gaia and Robot enables athletes to identify their winning factors, highlighting the key strengths they need to develop to succeed.
 
Gaia is capable of breaking down and analysing sports movements via specific motion-capture algorithms. Over the two years of R&D, Gaia has analysed thousands of athletes and millions of movements growing its own automatic learning curve to expand its intelligence day after day. This multi-algorithmic machine-learning intelligence is a result of fundamental and applied research introducing the capacity to understand and analyse microscopic variations in sport movements.
 
Gais has been embedded into the Robot performance sensor, which is more than just a sensor; it is a nano-computer capable of analysing more than 195,000 data points per minute in real time.
 
Thanks to Gaia’s statistical intelligence and Robot’s measurement capacity, millions of actions generated in every hour of game can now be analysed. Every athlete can compare past performances on a specific day as well as measure them versus the community's overall performance.
 
“With Gaia and the winning factors, sports wearables enter a new paradigm,” said Cédric Mangaud, CEO and co-founder of PIQ. “Our technology enables athletes not only to measure their performance, but also to benefit from personalised advice and get closer to victory. Our goal is now to integrate this technology in sport devices to offer athletes a fully integrated experience.”
 
PIQ Sport Intelligence has become the exclusive technological partner of global sport companies including Babolat in tennis, Mobitee in golf, Rossignol for skiing and North Kiteboarding in kite-surfing.