The Textile research Institute in Łódź (Poland) has developed conductive textile materials that make it possible to construct a mobile motion capture suit (used to transfer real movements to a virtual space) with miniature Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) and software for collecting, visualizing
and analysing data. Its function is to collect data that allows the spatial orientation of body movement to be reconstructed without installing external wires or using stationary movement analysis laboratories.
The suit was created through co-operation between the Textile Research Institute in Lodz with the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw and the Silesian University of Technology, as part of a project funded by the National Centre for Research and Development. Patents for the invention are currently pending.
Wide field of application: the advanced technologies implemented in the suit allow a wide rangeof uses. The human motion capture suit based on IMU sensors with software for collecting, visualising and data analysis can be used by the defence industry, in the medical field (rehabilitation in particular) or in biomechanics and physiology in sport. This innovative product will surely also appeal to film-makers and the computer game industry. Sensors employed in the suit will be very helpful in creating modern, highly advanced computer graphics.
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