Motion capture based on magneto-inertial sensors is a technology enabling data collection in unstructured environments, allowing 'out of the lab' motion analysis. This technology is a good candidate for motion analysis of children thanks to the reduced weight and size as well as the use of wireless communication that has improved its wearability and reduced its obtrusivity. A key issue in the application of such technology for motion analysis is its calibration, i.e. a process that allows mapping orientation information from each sensor to a physiological reference frame. To date, even if there are several calibration procedures available for adults, no specific calibration procedures have been developed for children. This work addresses this specific issue presenting a calibration procedure for motion capture of thorax and upper limbs on healthy children. Reported results suggest comparable performance with similar studies on adults and emphasize some critical issues, opening the way to further improvements. © 2013 IEEE.
An experimental protocol for the definition of upper limb anatomical frames on children using magneto-inertial sensors
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IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc., Conf., pp. 4903–4906, 2013