Validation of a Motion Capture Suit for Clinical Gait Analysis


Gait analysis is often supported by technology. Due to limitations in optical systems, such as limited measurement volumes and the requirement of a laboratory environment, low-cost inertial measurement unit (IMU) based motion capture systems might be better suited for gait analysis since they involve no spatial limitations and are flexibly applicable. In this paper, we investigate if low-cost IMU-based motion capture suits are an adequate alternative for clinical gait analysis in terms of accuracy of the determination of joint flexions and gait parameters. For this reason, we developed a gait analysis system and a gait analysis algorithm, which detects joint positions based on the Joint Coordinate System and determines knee, hip, and ankle flexions, as well as spatiotemporal parameters such as the number of steps, cadence, step duration and step length, and the specific gait phases.

Proceedings of 11th EAI Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, Barcelona