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Development of wireless motion sensors for use in complex movements


This project aims to develop the technology used in current wireless inertial measurement units (IMU’s) for use in complex movements where the size of current units may impede the natural movement under investigation.


Dr Alycia Fong Yan.

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Exercise, Health and Performance Research Group

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Current motion analysis systems are either expensive and require multiple fixed cameras combined with embedded force plates in the ground, or are portable but less accurate. Recently, the use of wireless IMU’s for motion analysis has been utilised in scientific research with some promising results. The IMU’s are bulky and cannot be used for in-shoe measurements and other complex movements where the IMU could impede the intended movement. The purpose of this project is to develop the technology used in IMU’s and compare the reliability, accuracy and validity of the new system against the current gold standard of 3D motion capture technology.

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Experiments designed for this project would be carried out in the world class Biomechanics Laboratory of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Quality human movement data is achieve through the use of a high resolution, 14 camera motion capture system that is synchronized with five force platforms, 16 channel electromyography and numerous custom-built sensors for special purposes.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1979

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