Evaluation of suitability of a micro-processing unit of motion analysis for upper limb tracking

José Antonio Barraza Madrigal, Eladio Cardiel, Pablo Rogeli, Lorenzo Leija Salas, Roberto Muñoz Guerrero

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© 2016 The aim of this study is to assess the suitability of a micro-processing unit of motion analysis (MPUMA), for monitoring, reproducing, and tracking upper limb movements. The MPUMA is based on an inertial measurement unit, a 16-bit digital signal controller and a customized algorithm. To validate the performance of the system, simultaneous recordings of the angular trajectory were performed with a video-based motion analysis system. A test of the flexo-extension of the shoulder joint during the active elevation in a complete range of 120º of the upper limb was carried out in 10 healthy volunteers. Additional tests were carried out to assess MPUMA performance during upper limb tracking. The first, a 3D motion reconstruction of three movements of the shoulder joint (flexo-extension, abduction–adduction, horizontal internal–external rotation), and the second, an upper limb tracking online during the execution of three movements of the shoulder joint followed by a continuous random movement without any restrictions by using a virtual model and a mechatronic device of the shoulder joint. Experimental results demonstrated that the MPUMA measured joint angles that are close to those from a motion-capture system with orientation RMS errors less than 3º.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)793-800
Number of pages712
JournalMedical Engineering and Physics
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


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