Advanced motion capture technology not just improves the quality of patient care, but also the lives of millions of patients and athletes across the world.
Fremont, CA: Motion capture is at the heart of cutting-edge clinical movement research and is the process of recording the movement of objects or people. The technology offers numerous benefits from helping the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers to improve the form of world-class athletes. Motion capture is a useful tool that empowers users with more data-driven methods to interpret the movement of subjects. Motion capture technology is increasing in a way that enables decision-makers access to far more data, which was previously impossible. This, not just improves the quality of patient care, but also the lives of millions of patients and athletes across the world. There are various approaches to motion capture. Some of them are given in the following.
It is the most common and flexible technique used in the industry that uses retroreflective markers that are tracked by infrared cameras.
This technique uses LED markers that emit light, which is tracked by special cameras for which they need a power backup as a battery or charger of some kind.
It is a markerless technique that relies on software to track the subjects’ movement. Varying tracking methods yield different results, but real-time and final data error ranges tend to be larger than marker-based solutions.
This technique uses a camera as a localization tool. The subject wears inertial sensors known as IMUs, and the data from the sensors is transmitted wirelessly to a computer or smart device.
The optical motion capture systems can be used in a variety of applications, including gait analysis, motor control, and neuroscience, to study the sports performance of players and more. Through gait analysis, medical practitioners can gain insights into the movement of lower limbs. Patients suffering from a range of complex neuro-musculoskeletal injuries, like cerebral palsy and myelomeningocele can be effectively treated with the technology. Motion tracking technology plays a significant role in the measurement and assessment of players and athletes, thus helping coaches and athletes across a vast range of sports, including football, swimming, tennis, golf, basketball, and others.