Physical training tool wins Latvian-American Innovation Award

On May 29 the winners of the second Latvian-American Innovation Award were announced.

The jury, made up of experienced business people and professionals, selected the winner, HackMotion, for their innovative tool for learning new movements. The runner-up was Winmill, a baseball training device.

The winner received 10,000 euros and the runner-up 5,000 euros.

"HackMotion is an innovative tool for learning new movements. It helps people learn physical activities faster and in a more engaging way in sports and rehabilitation medicine. The innovation adapts state-of-the-art motion sensing technology and software to build smart wearable sensor systems that can accurately measure detailed movements of the human body and provide visual and auditory feedback to the user. The first HackMotion product was an award-winning sensor system for wrist motion training in golf. Currently HackMotion is working on product improvement to tailor it for the golf consumer market in the U.S. By providing detailed motion tracking for masses, HackMotion provides much higher added value than conventional wearable devices.The ambition of HackMotion is to become one of the leading players in the growing wearable electronics market with a strategy focused around ease of use," said publicity material.

"Winmill is a baseball training device developed by a Latvian based startup. A sports technology company with an emphasis on robotics and computer vision, Winmill aims at helping athletes to train better and more efficiently. Having developed a successful training robot for ice-hockey, Winmill is on the way to conquer the market of the most American of sports. Chicago Cubs Baseball Club is their strategic partner in product development providing regular testing and feedback," organizers said.

The U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, John L. Carwile said: “The Latvian-American Innovation Award is part of the continual improvement that characterizes our countries. The winners of this award symbolize what hardworking Americans and Latvians can accomplish when we combine our talents, our creativity, and our efforts.”

The Latvian-American Innovation Award is co-hosted by the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF), the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia and the U.S. Embassy in Riga in partnerhsip with TechHub Riga and the Latvian Startup Association Startin.LV.

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