INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNIT (WEARABLE KINEMATIC TECHNOLOGY)
We possess a wearable inertial measurement unit (IMU) set up. Normal laboratory-based motion analysis assessments require data collection in a confined space, significant time for reflective marker placements, and expensive 3-D motion capture cameras and digitizing technology. Even then, limbs can crossover and obstruct reflective markers necessitating labor-intensive visual inspections of each video. Our IMU set-up tackles all of these barriers. The set-up of the sensors is time-efficient, data are retrieved from individual sensors, and can be routed into 3rd party data processing systems.
We have software that enables programming specific clinical tests that add precision to clinical outcomes research. Several tests require only three or four wearable sensors that allow for quantifying changes in balance or functional tasks (e.g., sit-to-stand). The system allows us to develop study-specific neuromuscular testing protocols, which simplifies logistics and inter-rater reliability issues.
INTERGRATING WIRELESS EMG AND WEARABLE KINEMATIC TECHNOLOGY
Without giving away our trade-secrets, we have an ability to integrate neuromuscular and motion (kinematic) data. With all technology being wearable, the research questions are limitless. We can quantify motion analysis and neuromuscular function, synced together, in virtually any environment.