This winter brings a host of new features, improvements, and especially the launch of our Movement Assessments to the Uplift Capture platform.
Uplift Capture now not only provides portable, accurate 2-camera motion capture for your sports-specific movements like hitting and pitching, we now help you assess your athletes through a series of dynamic and functional movements to capture a wealth of joint angles and kinematic data and report on movement insights previously impossible to capture reliably outside of a sports lab. Our Movement Assessments tool can be used to definitively understand your athletes' explosiveness, any imbalances, or mobility issues to assess injury risk, guide future training, and build recovery programming.
Currently, Uplift supports capturing (and generating reports for) the following movements:
Paused squat jump
Similar to hitting and pitching captures, performing a movement assessment for any of our supported movements will generate and send a movement assessment report. These reports aggregate all of an athlete's captures for that particular movement each day, and highlight key insights and metrics useful in evaluating how an athlete moved. Metrics are dependent on the movement, but include things like jump height, takeoff velocity, RSI, hip or knee dominance, and joint angles and asymmetries.
In addition to the ability to capture a single movement, we've added a few assessment progressions. These options make it much easier to assess a single athlete through multiple movements without having to start a new session each time. After capturing a few repetitions of one movement, you can simply tap "Next Movement" to start capturing the next movement in the progression.
We currently have two progressions defined: the Jump Progression (which includes countermovement jump, single-leg jump, and a paused squat jump) and the Squat Progression which includes a regular bodyweight squat, a single-leg squat, and an overhead squat).
We will continue to add new movements and reports over time, but Movement Assessment is ready to trial today! To test our Movement Assessments and add some objective, trackable insights to your existing athlete assessments, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile App Updates
Streamlined camera setup when capturing multiple athletes
Uplift Capture is designed to streamline the recording of multiple athletes back-to-back. To make this process even faster, we've introduced a "Keep Previous Setup" option which becomes available when starting a new session if the camera position you set up in the previous session does not need to change. When this checkbox is selected, the camera setup guide will be skipped, so you don't need to interact with the secondary device at all before capturing your next athlete.
Please note that if the camera setup does need to change, this option will not be available and the camera setup guide will still need to be completed. An example is when moving between left- and right-handed batters.
Bluetooth recording enabled on secondary device
In order to reinforce which device is Primary and which is Secondary and to ensure each device is positioned correctly, our mobile UI currently only allows interaction with the Primary device. However there are cases when being able to start and stop recording using a bluetooth remote connected to the Secondary device is useful - particularly when moving devices between right-handed and left-handed positions requires that a device originally designated as Primary now becomes the Secondary device. So as to not require unpairing and re-pairing bluetooth remotes between devices, recording can now be started and stopped using a bluetooth remote paired with the Secondary device.
"Silent mode" capture
Uplift Capture uses audible beeps to indicate when a recording has started or stopped, and to indicate when the devices are synced and ready to record again. Because some users have cases where the beeps are distracting or detrimental to their capture scenario, we've added a "Silent Mode". This setting is available in Profile > Settings in the mobile app.
Improved peer-to-peer device sync
The latest app update also includes an improvement to the reliability of peer-to-peer (P2) device sync. This improvement eliminates an issue that in some cases was causing vieos to get out-of-sync. To read more about how device pairing and syncing in Uplift Capture works, click here.
These improvements are now available in the most recent version of the mobile app; make sure you update via TestFlight!
Webhooks payloads now contain updated CSV export
In December, we made significant updates to our raw data exports for each movement, using a more ingestible CSV format and adding a ton more value, including better timestamps, updated kinematic metrics, and detected key events per movement type. Until now, these CSV exports were only available via download from the web app at capture.uplift.ai; Now, the new data exports are included in the payload for anyone utilizing our Webhooks automatic delivery feature.
Verify the events that Uplift sends to your webhook endpoints.
Uplift can optionally sign the webhook events it sends to your endpoints by including a signature in each event’s
x-uplift-signature-256 header. This allows you to verify that the events were sent by Uplift, not by a third party. Learn more about setting up secret keys here.
At Uplift, we strive to always make the capture experience more seamless and reliable, and the biomechanical analysis, data, and reporting more usable and understandable. We will continue to add new features and improvements to Uplift Capture over time, and will keep you updated as we do.