Title page for ETD etd-08252010-221251

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Simmons, Jacob Ross
Author's Email Address thejacob@vt.edu
URN etd-08252010-221251
Title A self-contained motion capture platform for e-textiles
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jones, Mark T. Committee Co-Chair
Martin, Thomas L. Committee Co-Chair
Athanas, Peter M. Committee Member
  • inertial measurement units
  • wearable computing
  • e-textiles
Date of Defense 2010-08-13
Availability unrestricted
Wearable computers and e-textiles are increasingly prevalent in today’s society. Motion capture is one of many potential applications for on-body electronic systems. Self-contained motion capture applications require information from sensors distributed throughout the body on a “smart” garment. Therefore, this thesis presents the design of a flexible hardware platform for e-textile motion capture applications. This thesis also presents software for one such application, namely, tracking the pose or relative position of body limbs. The accuracy of this solution is compared to an industrial optical motion capture system. The combined hardware and software design are successful at collecting and processing motion capture data in the context of an e-textile jumpsuit.
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