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Tobias Zimmermann, Bertram Taetz, Gabriele Bleser
Human body motion analysis based on wearable inertial measurement units (IMUs) receives a lot of attention from both the research community and the and industrial community. This is due to the significant role in, for instance, mobile health systems, sports and human computer interaction. In sensor based activity recognition, one of the major issues for obtaining reliable results is the sensor placement/assignment on the body. For inertial motion capture (joint kinematics estimation) and analysis, the IMU-to-segment (I2S) assignment and alignment are central issues to obtain biomechanical joint angles...
January 19, 2018: Sensors
Xiaomin Kang, Baoqi Huang, Guodong Qi
Recently, with the development of artificial intelligence technologies and the popularity of mobile devices, walking detection and step counting have gained much attention since they play an important role in the fields of equipment positioning, saving energy, behavior recognition, etc. In this paper, a novel algorithm is proposed to simultaneously detect walking motion and count steps through unconstrained smartphones in the sense that the smartphone placement is not only arbitrary but also alterable. On account of the periodicity of the walking motion and sensitivity of gyroscopes, the proposed algorithm extracts the frequency domain features from three-dimensional (3D) angular velocities of a smartphone through FFT (fast Fourier transform) and identifies whether its holder is walking or not irrespective of its placement...
January 19, 2018: Sensors
Hyunwoo Lee, Hana Lee, Mincheol Whang
Continuous cardiac monitoring has been developed to evaluate cardiac activity outside of clinical environments due to the advancement of novel instruments. Seismocardiography (SCG) is one of the vital components that could develop such a monitoring system. Although SCG has been presented with a lower accuracy, this novel cardiac indicator has been steadily proposed over traditional methods such as electrocardiography (ECG). Thus, it is necessary to develop an enhanced method by combining the significant cardiac indicators...
January 15, 2018: Sensors
Mahdi Ahmadi, Rajesh Rajamani, Serdar Sezen
Capacitive micro-sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and pressure sensors are increasingly used in the modern electronic world. However, the in vivo use of capacitive sensing for measurement of pressure or other variables inside a human body suffers from significant errors due to stray capacitance. This paper proposes a solution consisting of a transparent thin flexible Faraday cage that surrounds the sensor. By supplying the active sensing voltage simultaneously to the deformable electrode of the capacitive sensor and to the Faraday cage, the stray capacitance during in vivo measurements can be largely eliminated...
October 2017: IEEE Sensors Letters
Dong-Hoon Yi, Tae-Jae Lee, Dong-Il Dan Cho
In this paper, a new localization system utilizing afocal optical flow sensor (AOFS) based sensor fusion for indoor service robots in low luminance and slippery environment is proposed, where conventional localization systems do not perform well. To accurately estimate the moving distance of a robot in a slippery environment, the robot was equipped with an AOFS along with two conventional wheel encoders. To estimate the orientation of the robot, we adopted a forward-viewing mono-camera and a gyroscope. In a very low luminance environment, it is hard to conduct conventional feature extraction and matching for localization...
January 10, 2018: Sensors
Jing Jin, Ting Zhang, Linghai Kong, Kun Ma
An in-orbit experiment was launched to evaluate the performance of the spaceborne high precision fiber optic gyroscopes (FOG). The three-axis in-orbit data of the FOG were analyzed using wavelet analysis method. Features of low frequency period terms and glitch noise were demonstrated. In addition, a method to extract the random noise from the in-orbit data is proposed based on the first-order difference method and the Pauta criterion. In addition, the random walk coefficient (RWC) of the FOG was calculated with the Allan variance method...
January 1, 2018: Sensors
Zhilin Feng, Juntao Fei
This paper proposes a novel adaptive Super-Twisting sliding mode control for a microgyroscope under unknown model uncertainties and external disturbances. In order to improve the convergence rate of reaching the sliding surface and the accuracy of regulating and trajectory tracking, a high order Super-Twisting sliding mode control strategy is employed, which not only can combine the advantages of the traditional sliding mode control with the Super-Twisting sliding mode control, but also guarantee that the designed control system can reach the sliding surface and equilibrium point in a shorter finite time from any initial state and avoid chattering problems...
2018: PloS One
Ole Marius Hoel Rindal, Trine M Seeberg, Johannes Tjønnås, Pål Haugnes, Øyvind Sandbakk
The automatic classification of sub-techniques in classical cross-country skiing provides unique possibilities for analyzing the biomechanical aspects of outdoor skiing. This is currently possible due to the miniaturization and flexibility of wearable inertial measurement units (IMUs) that allow researchers to bring the laboratory to the field. In this study, we aimed to optimize the accuracy of the automatic classification of classical cross-country skiing sub-techniques by using two IMUs attached to the skier's arm and chest together with a machine learning algorithm...
December 28, 2017: Sensors
Xiangming Xu, Dingbang Xiao, Wenyin Li, Qiang Xu, Zhanqiang Hou, Xuezhong Wu
This paper reports a dual-butterfly structure gyroscope based on the traditional butterfly structure. This novel structure is composed of two butterfly structures, each of which contains a main vibrational beam, four proof masses, and a coupling mechanism. The coupling mechanism in this proposed structure couples the two single butterfly structures and keeps the driving mode phases of the two single butterfly gyroscopes exactly opposite, increasing the double difference of traditional butterfly gyroscopes to a quad difference, which has the potential advantage of improving bias instability and g-sensitivity...
December 11, 2017: Sensors
Zhuo Zhang, Fei Yu
As a high-precision angular sensor, the fiber optic gyroscope (FOG) usually shows high sensitivity to disturbances of the environmental temperature. The thermal performance of the FOG will be directly affected by the selection of adhesive for adhesion inside the fiber coil, however, the current research on this is very rare. This paper is focusing the question above; firstly, the influence mechanism of temperature and stress on the non-reciprocity phase difference of the fiber coil is analyzed, and a model of fiber coil thermal-induced drift error is built...
November 27, 2017: Optics Express
Mehran Rahmani
This paper proposes a new compound fractional order integral terminal sliding mode control (FOITSMC) and proportional-derivative control (PD-FOITSMC) for the control of a MEMS gyroscope. In order to improve the robustness of the conventional integral terminal sliding mode control (ITSMC), a fractional integral terminal sliding mode surface is applied. The chattering problem in FOITSMC, which is usually generated by the excitation of fast un-modelled dynamic is the main drawback. A PD controller is employed in order to eliminate chattering phenomenon...
December 4, 2017: ISA Transactions
Aurélien Valade, Pascal Acco, Pierre Grabolosa, Jean-Yves Fourniols
Over the last decade, smart sensors have grown in complexity and can now handle multiple measurement sources. This work establishes a methodology to achieve better estimates of physical values by processing raw measurements within a sensor using multi-physical models and Kalman filters for data fusion. A driving constraint being production cost and power consumption, this methodology focuses on algorithmic complexity while meeting real-time constraints and improving both precision and reliability despite low power processors limitations...
December 5, 2017: Sensors
E Allseits, V Agrawal, J Lučarević, R Gailey, I Gaunaurd, C Bennett
The use of Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) for spatial gait analysis has opened the door to unconstrained measurements within the home and community. Bandwidth, cost limitations, and ease of use has historically restricted the number and location of sensors worn on the body. In this paper, we describe a four-sensor configuration of IMUs placed on the shanks and thighs that is sufficient to provide an accurate measure of temporal gait parameters, spatial gait parameters, and joint angle dynamics during ambulation...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
Brian Suffoletto, Pedram Gharani, Tammy Chung, Hassan Karimi
BACKGROUND: Phone sensors could be useful in assessing changes in gait that occur with alcohol consumption. This study determined (1) feasibility of collecting gait-related data during drinking occasions in the natural environment, and (2) how gait-related features measured by phone sensors relate to estimated blood alcohol concentration (eBAC). METHODS: Ten young adult heavy drinkers were prompted to complete a 5-step gait task every hour from 8pm to 12am over four consecutive weekends...
November 22, 2017: Gait & Posture
Hyukjin J Kwon, Seyeong Seok, Geunbae Lim
Recently, consumer applications have dramatically created the demand for low-cost and compact gyroscopes. Therefore, on the basis of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology, many gyroscopes have been developed and successfully commercialized. A MEMS gyroscope consists of a MEMS device and an electrical circuit for self-oscillation and angular-rate detection. Since the MEMS device and circuit are interactively related, the entire system should be analyzed together to design or test the gyroscope. In this study, a MEMS vibratory gyroscope is analyzed based on the system dynamic modeling; thus, it can be mathematically expressed and integrated into a circuit simulator...
November 18, 2017: Sensors
Yong Luo, Yongmei Huang, Chao Deng, Yao Mao, Wei Ren, Qiongyan Wu
In the CCD-based fine tracking optical system (FTOS), the whole disturbance suppression ability (DSA) is the product of the inner loop and outer position loop. Traditionally, high sampling fiber-optic gyroscopes (FOGs) are added to the platform to stabilize the line-of-sight (LOS). However, because of the FOGs' high cost and relatively big volume relative to the back narrow space of small rotating mirrors, we attempt in this work to utilize a cheaper and smaller micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) accelerometer to build the inner loop, replacing the FOG...
November 17, 2017: Sensors
John H J Allum, Alja Scheltinga, Flurin Honegger
BACKGROUND: Patients with an acute unilateral peripheral vestibular deficit (aUPVD), presumed to be caused by vestibular neuritis, show asymmetrical vestibular ocular reflexes (VORs) that improve over time. Questions arise regarding how much of the VOR improvement is due to peripheral recovery or central compensation, and whether differences in peripheral recovery influence balance control outcomes. METHODS: Thirty patients were examined at aUPVD onset and 3, 6, and 13 weeks later with four different VOR tests: caloric tests; rotating (ROT) chair tests performed in yaw with angular accelerations of 5 and 20 degrees/s; and video head impulse tests (vHIT) in the yaw plane...
December 2017: Otology & Neurotology
Enrica Papi, Woon Senn Koh, Alison H McGregor
Continuous monitoring of spine movement function could enhance our understanding of low back pain development. Wearable technologies have gained popularity as promising alternative to laboratory systems in allowing ambulatory movement analysis. This paper aims to review the state of art of current use of wearable technology to assess spine kinematics and kinetics. Four electronic databases and reference lists of relevant articles were searched to find studies employing wearable technologies to assess the spine in adults performing dynamic movements...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
Jiazhen Lu, Lie Yang, Hao Zhang
Star tracking is the primary operating mode of star sensors. To improve tracking accuracy and efficiency, a hybrid method using a star sensor and gyroscopes is proposed in this study. In this method, the dynamic conditions of an aircraft are determined first by the estimated angular acceleration. Under low dynamic conditions, the star sensor is used to measure the star vector and the vector difference method is adopted to estimate the current angular velocity. Under high dynamic conditions, the angular velocity is obtained by the calibrated gyros...
October 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
Rongya Luo, Yulin Li, Sheng Deng, Dong He, Chao Peng, Zhengbin Li
Dual-polarization interferometric fiber optic gyroscope (IFOG) is a novel scheme in which the polarization nonreciprocal (PN) phase error of the two orthogonal polarizations can be optically compensated. In this work, we investigate the effective of PN phase error compensation under varying temperature. It is proved that, the thermally induced strain deforms the fiber, and results in perturbations on the birefringence and polarization cross coupling which degrades the IFOG's stability. A wave propagation model and analytical expressions of PN phase error are derived by using coupled-wave equation and Jones matrix...
October 30, 2017: Optics Express
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