Electronic Force meters

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  1. Centaur Black Belt

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    EDIT: FOUND @
    http://www.centuryfitness.com/webapp...egory_rn=13515
    http://www.centuryfitness.com/webap...501&categoryId=13676&parent_category_rn=13515

    Anyone know where these can be purchased? Something that measure the amount of hits/force of hits and displays it?

    The have those speed bag ones at the bar, you give it a whack and it ell you how hard you hit it. I've seen them in Arcades as well, but I'm looking for something that couldbe put into a kick shield or heavy bag.

    I did a google search, couldn't find anything other than a patent for something along those lines.

    Any help would be apprecaited. Thanks.
     
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    Depends on how you want to go about it, and for probably the first time in my life, something I learned from the show Mythbusters is actually relevant.

    By placing an accelerometer in the bag, you could measure the rate of acceleration of the bag, which I'm sure can be applied in various equations to come up with desired information (velocity, etc.).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerometer

    Another option is placing a 'load sensor' in the bag. Taken from the following link, load sensors are capable of:

    "Tekscan's FlexiForce single-element load sensors are at work in a variety of applications, performing a multitude of functions. The sensors are utilized to:

    * Detect and measure a relative change in force or applied load
    * Detect and measure the rate of change in force
    * Identify force thresholds and trigger appropriate action
    * Detect contact and/or touch"

    http://www.tekscan.com/flexiforce.html

    All of this equipment and principles are used (and where I got the idea from) in engineering such as crash testing: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/crash-test1.htm
     
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    Cool man, thanks. I'll give it a look for sure!
     
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    There used to be a company manufacturing them about 15 years ago in the US but I cant remember their name.I'll have a dig around and see what I can come up with 4 U.
     
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    for the same price too, that looks like crap. The Herman looks much better.
     
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    Well,my coach bought the HERMAN, but unfortunately the is additional cost for the software to actually use the damn thing.

    ANYWHO.. I see that CSI also sells something similiar: http://www.combatsports.com/detail.aspx?ID=22417

    Anyone ever use it?
     
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