Document details

Range of motion measurements based on depth camera for clinical rehabilitation

Author(s): Barandas, Marília da Silveira Gouveia

Date: 2013

Persistent ID:

Origin: Repositório Institucional da UNL

Subject(s): Biofeedback; Depth camera; Range-of-motion; Rehabilitation


In clinical rehabilitation, biofeedback increases the patient’s motivation which makes it one of the most effective motor rehabilitation mechanisms. In this field it is very helpful for the patient and even for the therapist to know the level of success and performance of the training process. The human motion tracking study can provide relevant information for this purpose. Existing lab-based Three-Dimensional (3D) motion capture systems are capable to provide this information in real-time. However, these systems still present some limitations when used in rehabilitation processes involving biofeedback. A new depth camera - the Microsoft KinectTM - was recently developed overcoming the limitations associated with the lab-based movement analysis systems. This depth camera is easy to use, inexpensive and portable. The aim of this work is to introduce a system in clinical practice to do Range of Motion(ROM) measurements, using the KinectTM sensor and providing real-time biofeedback. For this purpose, the ROM measurements were computed using the joints spatial coordinates provided by the official Microsoft KinectTM Software Development Kit (SDK)and also using our own developed algorithm. The obtained results were compared with a triaxial accelerometer data, used as reference. The upper movements studied were abduction, flexion/extension and internal/external rotation with the arm at 90 degrees of elevation. With our algorithm the Mean Error (ME) was less than 1.5 degrees for all movements. Only in abduction the KinectTM Sketelon Tracking obtained comparable data. In other movements the ME increased an order of magnitude. Given the potential benefits, our method can be a useful tool for ROM measurements in clinics.

Dissertação para obtenção do Grau de Mestre em Engenharia Biomédica

Document Type Master thesis
Language English
Advisor(s) Gamboa, Hugo; Fonseca, José
Contributor(s) Barandas, Marília da Silveira Gouveia
facebook logo  linkedin logo  twitter logo 
mendeley logo

Related documents

No related documents