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A Method for Direct Measurement of the First-Order Mass Moments of Human Body Segments
Department of Electronic Engineering, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjin-cho, Kiryu, Gunma, 376-8515, Japan
Space Medical Operations, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tsukuba Space Center, Tsukuba, 305-8505, Japan
School of Instrument Science and Opto-electronic Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, Anhui, 230009, China
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Received: 7 July 2010; in revised form: 2 September 2010 / Accepted: 28 September 2010 / Published: 12 October 2010
Abstract: We propose a simple and direct method for measuring the first-order mass moment of a human body segment. With the proposed method, the first-order mass moment of the body segment can be directly measured by using only one precision scale and one digital camera. In the dummy mass experiment, the relative standard uncertainty of a single set of measurements of the first-order mass moment is estimated to be 1.7%. The measured value will be useful as a reference for evaluating the uncertainty of the body segment inertial parameters (BSPs) estimated using an indirect method.
Keywords: body segment inertial parameter; center of mass; biomechanics
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Fujii, Y.; Shimada, K.; Maru, K.; Ozawa, J.; Lu, R.-S. A Method for Direct Measurement of the First-Order Mass Moments of Human Body Segments. Sensors 2010, 10, 9155-9162.
Fujii Y, Shimada K, Maru K, Ozawa J, Lu R-S. A Method for Direct Measurement of the First-Order Mass Moments of Human Body Segments. Sensors. 2010; 10(10):9155-9162.
Fujii, Yusaku; Shimada, Kazuhito; Maru, Koichi; Ozawa, Junichi; Lu, Rong-Sheng. 2010. "A Method for Direct Measurement of the First-Order Mass Moments of Human Body Segments." Sensors 10, no. 10: 9155-9162.