Real Time Motion Capture in Biomechanics
Time & Money – Real Time data collection can be a source of significant savings in both time and money. These savings generally come from the elimination of rework and increases in processing speed. How many times have you collected data only to find out long after your subject is gone that dropped markers or some other anomaly made your data unusable? If you are compensating subjects it is not just the lost time, it is also the cost of recruiting additional subjects who satisfy the study criteria. With real time data collection, you know immediately if your data is acceptable. And if not, an immediate re-take is possible before instrumentation is removed from the subject or the subject has left the session.
With real time and virtual reality, it is also possible to control the environment in ways that cannot be done in the real world. For example, it is possible to introduce perturbations in perceived hand movement to observe how the subject responds. Dr. Jim Patton at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has used these concepts and ErrorAugmentation as a rehabilitation aid.
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