Human motion tracking is an important task for many medical applications. Marker-based optoelectronic systems are considered the gold standard in human motion tracking. However, their use is not always feasible in clinics and industrial environments. On the other hand, marker-less sensors became valuable, as they are inexpensive, noninvasive and easy to use. However, their accuracy can depend on sensor positioning, light conditions and body occlusions. In this study, following previous works on the feasibility of marker-less systems for human motion monitoring, we investigate the performance of the Microsoft Azure Kinect sensor in computing kinematic and dynamic measurements of static postures and dynamic movements. According to our knowledge, it is the first time that this sensor is compared with a Vicon marker-based system to assess the best camera positioning while observing the upper body part movements of people performing several tasks. Twenty-five healthy volunteers were monitored to evaluate the effects of the several testing conditions, namely the Azure Kinect positions, the light conditions, and lower limbs occlusions, on the tracking accuracy of kinematic, dynamic, and motor control parameters. From the statistical analysis of the performed measurements, the camera in the frontal position was the most reliable, the lighting conditions had almost no effects on the tracking accuracy, while the lower limbs occlusion worsened the accuracy of the upper limbs. The assessment of human static postures and dynamic movements based on experimental data proves the feasibility of applying the Azure Kinect to the biomechanical monitoring of human motion in several fields.

Azure Kinect Performance Evaluation for Human Motion and Upper Limb Biomechanical Analysis / Cristina Brambilla, Roberto Marani, Laura Romeo, Matteo Lavit Nicora, Fabio Alexander Storm, Gianluigi Reni, Matteo Malosio, Tiziana D'Orazio, Alessandro Scano. - In: HELIYON. - ISSN 2405-8440. - ELETTRONICO. - 9:(2023), pp. e21606.1-e21606.31. [10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e21606]

Azure Kinect Performance Evaluation for Human Motion and Upper Limb Biomechanical Analysis

Matteo Lavit Nicora;
2023

Abstract

Human motion tracking is an important task for many medical applications. Marker-based optoelectronic systems are considered the gold standard in human motion tracking. However, their use is not always feasible in clinics and industrial environments. On the other hand, marker-less sensors became valuable, as they are inexpensive, noninvasive and easy to use. However, their accuracy can depend on sensor positioning, light conditions and body occlusions. In this study, following previous works on the feasibility of marker-less systems for human motion monitoring, we investigate the performance of the Microsoft Azure Kinect sensor in computing kinematic and dynamic measurements of static postures and dynamic movements. According to our knowledge, it is the first time that this sensor is compared with a Vicon marker-based system to assess the best camera positioning while observing the upper body part movements of people performing several tasks. Twenty-five healthy volunteers were monitored to evaluate the effects of the several testing conditions, namely the Azure Kinect positions, the light conditions, and lower limbs occlusions, on the tracking accuracy of kinematic, dynamic, and motor control parameters. From the statistical analysis of the performed measurements, the camera in the frontal position was the most reliable, the lighting conditions had almost no effects on the tracking accuracy, while the lower limbs occlusion worsened the accuracy of the upper limbs. The assessment of human static postures and dynamic movements based on experimental data proves the feasibility of applying the Azure Kinect to the biomechanical monitoring of human motion in several fields.
2023
Azure Kinect Performance Evaluation for Human Motion and Upper Limb Biomechanical Analysis / Cristina Brambilla, Roberto Marani, Laura Romeo, Matteo Lavit Nicora, Fabio Alexander Storm, Gianluigi Reni, Matteo Malosio, Tiziana D'Orazio, Alessandro Scano. - In: HELIYON. - ISSN 2405-8440. - ELETTRONICO. - 9:(2023), pp. e21606.1-e21606.31. [10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e21606]
Cristina Brambilla, Roberto Marani, Laura Romeo, Matteo Lavit Nicora, Fabio Alexander Storm, Gianluigi Reni, Matteo Malosio, Tiziana D'Orazio, Alessandro Scano
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