• Julia Duarte

Our Vision

"In the future, it will simply make sense to invest in Brave technology to open up all future possibilities for personal health and sustainable living."

Brave imagines a world where its proprietary motion capture technology can be used by anyone, anywhere. Wearable motion capture technology has the power and potential to record and measure movement across the entire body. In addition to helping athletes improve their swing or throw, Brave technology can help the public at large record their movements to prevent future injury, identify the source of pain and discomfort, or correct certain motions.

Our vision for the world includes Brave sensors embedded into everyone’s clothing with our analytics at their fingertips whether it's on a phone or even in a mixed reality setting. Without the need to visit expensive labs or clinics, we can easily change the entire dynamic of how one perceives the way they move.

Now, let’s look at the following scenario where we will see many benefits from using future Brave technology in both the short and long run.

Anna’s story

Let me introduce you to Anna. Anna works as a business analyst and she commutes to work every day. In the morning, she wakes up, checks the notifications on her phone, brushes her teeth, and gets dressed. One day, just as she is about to reach up and grab her coffee mug, she feels a tug on her shoulder. To her, this is odd as she has never felt this sort of pain. However, she carries along with her normal routine – she knows that at the end of the day, she can turn to her Brave app for answers. So, she drives to work and arrives at her office, where she is mostly sedentary for the entire day except to get up to talk to a few coworkers and go eat her lunch. As she types on her computer, she feels a dull, continuous pain in her shoulder. Towards the end of the afternoon, she even notices some swelling. At this point, Anna is concerned.

She drives home and after sitting down in her kitchen, she opens up her Brave app. There, the sensors have already detected a possible shoulder impingement in her right arm. The app illustrates restricted motion in her right arm, especially as Anna tries to reach her arm behind her or to her side. It shows her right arm as if it is being pinched – Anna can not raise it up above 45 degrees while extended without difficulty.

The app doesn’t just stop there. It also delves into shoulder joint specifics, for those who want to understand complex body kinematics. It captures the combined movement of all four major shoulder joints: the glenohumeral (GH), sternoclavicular (SC), acromioclavicular (AC), and scapulothoracic (ST) joints. The GH joint, medically known as the glenoid cavity, is considered the main joint of the shoulder and represents a ball-and-socket construct to help move the arm in a circular motion. The other important joint of the three is the AC joint. This joint is what tells us the range of motion of the bones in the arm to determine how far you are able to move your arm diagonally, up/down, and side-to-side. With the combination of all four joints, and a focus on the GH joint, the Brave app provides in-depth feedback on shoulder mobility. In Anna’s case, Brave sensors can find reduced shoulder posterior tilting, reduced shoulder upward rotation, increased shoulder internal rotation, or increased clavicular elevation relative to the thorax (these predicted findings are in line with the findings in a 2011 study on shoulder impingement). All of this information is readily available to Anna as she begins to understand the extent of her injury.

However, to her, the most important question is: how will I fix this pain? Luckily for her, the Brave app can also give suggestions on how to heal from a shoulder impingement. It tells Anna to rest, ice the area of pain, take some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, and do some physical therapy exercises. These exercises include doorway shoulder stretches, shoulder blade flexes, and crossover arm stretches. The Brave app will also teach Anna about proper posture and proper shoulder mechanics when doing physical activity, building up strength in the shoulder to prevent future injury, and avoiding poor posture while sitting at work.

Looking Forward

Throughout Anna’s story, we gather all the ways in which Brave technology can empower people to monitor their own health. From providing faulty joint movement descriptions to suggesting possible ways to correct the aforementioned motion, Brave covers all the bases in making motion capture a practical and helpful resource for all. In the future, it will simply make sense to invest in Brave technology to open up all future possibilities for personal health and sustainable living.

Written and edited by Julia Duarte. Julia is a second year at the University of Virginia, hoping to study Global Public Health and English. She’s interested in technology that has the potential to change the world and meaningfully impact living on a global scale. Driven by her passion for writing, she helps Brave spread their message: motion capture made accessible. In her free time, she enjoys journaling and watching episodes of The Blacklist.