Title page for ETD etd-05102011-095322


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lewis, Robert Alan
Author's Email Address ralewis@vt.edu
URN etd-05102011-095322
Title Analysis of a self-contained motion capture garment for e-textiles
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Martin, Thomas L. Committee Chair
Jones, Mark T. Committee Co-Chair
Athanas, Peter M. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Optical Motion Capture
  • Inertial Measurement Units
  • E-textiles
  • Wearable Computing
Date of Defense 2011-05-04
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Wearable computers and e-textiles are becoming increasingly widespread in today’s society. Motion capture is one of the many potential applications for on-body electronic systems. Previous work has been performed at Virginia Tech’s E-textiles Laboratory to design a framework for a self-contained loose fit motion capture system. This system gathers information from sensors distributed throughout the body on a “smart” garment. This thesis presents the hardware and software components of the framework, along with improvements made to it. This thesis also presents an analysis of both the on-body and off-body network communication to determine how many sensors can be supported on the garment at a given time. Finally, this thesis presents a method for determining the accuracy of the smart garment and shows how it compares against a commercially available motion capture system.
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