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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Einsmann, Christopher
Author's Email Address ceinsman@vt.edu
URN etd-03032006-215121
Title A Validation of a Simulation Environment for Motion Sensing Electronic Textiles
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Martin, Thomas L. Committee Chair
Athanas, Peter M. Committee Member
Jones, Mark T. Committee Member
Keywords
  • wearable computing
  • gyroscopes
  • gait analysis
  • E-textiles
  • accelerometers
Date of Defense 2006-02-10
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Abstract
Electrical components constantly being scaled down in size allows for small, inexpensive sensors to be placed on or around the human body for motion sensing applications. In addition, the merging of textiles with electrical components, known as electronic textiles (e-textiles), allows for these sensors to be placed directly on a wearable fabric. Simulation allows for extensive application testing and verification before prototype development. This thesis presents a simulation environment for motion sensing E-textiles. Specifically, this environment incorporates motion capture position data to simulate a rate sensing gyroscope and a dual-axis accelerometer. In addition, this simulation environment is applied to the field of gait analysis, which is the process of quantification and interpretation of a person’s stride, to calculate a subject’s step length.
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