Dec 08, 2009
Avatar - A multi-sensory system for real time body position monitoring
Avatar - A multi-sensory system for real time body position monitoring.
Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2009;1:2462-5
Authors: Jovanov E, Hanish N, Courson V, Stidham J, Stinson H, Webb C, Denny K
Virtual reality and computer assisted physical rehabilitation applications require an unobtrusive and inexpensive real time monitoring systems. Existing systems are usually complex and expensive and based on infrared monitoring. In this paper we propose Avatar, a hybrid system consisting of off-the-shelf components and sensors. Absolute positioning of a few reference points is determined using infrared diode on subject's body and a set of Wii((c)) Remotes as optical sensors. Individual body segments are monitored by intelligent inertial sensor nodes iSense. A network of inertial nodes is controlled by a master node that serves as a gateway for communication with a capture device. Each sensor features a 3D accelerometer and a 2 axis gyroscope. Avatar system is used for control of avatars in Virtual Reality applications, but could be used in a variety of augmented reality, gaming, and computer assisted physical rehabilitation applications.