Motion tracking & gesture controls have been used for many years now for video games such as Microsoft Kinetic and Nintendo’s Wii. The technology is becoming cheaper and better, and is being used in cars and consumer devices. It is now quite common for athletes to use wristbands and apps to track their performance. Control of in-car air conditioning and infotainment is literally at your finger tips with the Volkswagen’s latest offering!
There are two main types: optical and sensor based systems. The former uses cameras within a 3D space that compares images taken of a subject that has reflectors attached but not always, and so tracks movement. The latter consists of a computer receiving continuous data from a number sensors on a subject, and tracks the movement again in 3D. Both systems collect data that can be imported into a 3D software for gaming, film making, medical operations, simulation data, and more …
How is this technology useful in engineering?
It helps improve ergonomic design of manufacturing lines and therefore efficiency, and ergonomic design of manufactured products e.g car interiors. It can also be used on machines to improve prototype performance such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles that require dynamic data collection of flight performance without interfering with it’s operation.
Engineering in motion !
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