I recently read about Sockgate and was curious how the vests/socks that taekwondo sport competitors work. I understand that there are purely electronic systems and pressure based ones.
I assume that other martial artists may use similar equipment to judge hits. (I could be wrong)
I searched around and got brief information about how new ones were introduced, that addition additional sensors may be used to cheat (contested), etc. I even saw a partially deconstructed vest which contained electronic sensing bars running in parallel up and down the chest protector.
But no where was there an in depth explanation from what I could find of what is in the sensor socks / how they are made / what prevents people from modifying them to increase signal range etc. How do pressure vests avoid issues of movement causing pressure shifts etc. Essentially I'm interested in learning more about how the system works in the nitty gritty details. I'm not planning on making one but I would like to understand exactly how they are made how the system works etc. In martial arts the amount of force is also relevant which I think is interesting whereas most electronic systems rarely take that into account. Also why have they not be added to the head protector?
I understand that some of this information may be proprietary and that may be part of my difficulty in learning more.
By the way I am not looking to cheat etc, I do not practice taekwondo I was talking to a friend about it and became interested in the sensing systems. Which also is why I may be using the wrong vernacular.
Thanks in advance.