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A wearable, self-calibrating, wireless sensor network for body motion processing


Lim, KY and Goh, FYK and Dong, W and Nguyen, KD and Chen, I-M and Yeo, SH and Duh, HBL and Kim, CG, A wearable, self-calibrating, wireless sensor network for body motion processing, Proceedings of 2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 19-23 May 2008, Pasadena, USA, pp. 1017-1022. ISBN 978-1-4244-1647-9 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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A novel self-calibrating sensing technology using miniature linear encoders and Inertial/magnetic Measurement Unit (IMU) provides the accuracy, fast response and robustness required by many body motion processing applications. Our sensor unit consists of an accelerometer, a 3-axis magnetic sensor, 2 gyroscopes and a miniature linear encoder. The fusion of data from the sensors is accomplished by extracting the gravity related term from the accelerometer and consistently calibrating the gyroscopes and linear encoder when the sensor unit is under static conditions. Using the fused sensors, we developed a complete motion processing system that consists of a gateway where the human kinematics modeling is embedded. A time divided multiple access wireless architecture is adopted to synchronize the sensor network at 100Hz. Experimental results show that the combination of the IMU and linear encoder produces a low RMS error of 3.5° and correlation coefficient of 99.01%. A video showing the capture a performer’s upper body motion is also realized.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:wireless sensor, body networking,
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Duh, HBL (Professor Henry Duh)
ID Code:90337
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-03-31
Last Modified:2015-03-04

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