A self-contained motion capture platform for e-textiles

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2010-08-13
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Virginia Tech
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Wearable computers and e-textiles are increasingly prevalent in today's society. Motion capture is one of many potential applications for on-body electronic systems. Self-contained motion capture applications require information from sensors distributed throughout the body on a "smart" garment. Therefore, this thesis presents the design of a flexible hardware platform for e-textile motion capture applications. This thesis also presents software for one such application, namely, tracking the pose or relative position of body limbs. The accuracy of this solution is compared to an industrial optical motion capture system. The combined hardware and software design are successful at collecting and processing motion capture data in the context of an e-textile jumpsuit.

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inertial measurement units, wearable computing, e-textiles
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