Sensors 2010, 10(12), 10733-10751; doi:10.3390/s101210733
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Upper Limb Portable Motion Analysis System Based on Inertial Technology for Neurorehabilitation Purposes

1 Bioengineering and Telemedicine Centre, ETSI Telecomunicación, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040, Madrid, Spain 2 Institut Guttmann Neurorehabilitation Hospital, 08916, Barcelona, Spain 3 CETEMMSA Research Centre, 08301, Mataró, Spain
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Received: 8 October 2010; in revised form: 22 November 2010 / Accepted: 29 November 2010 / Published: 2 December 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors in Biomechanics and Biomedicine)
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Abstract: Here an inertial sensor-based monitoring system for measuring and analyzing upper limb movements is presented. The final goal is the integration of this motion-tracking device within a portable rehabilitation system for brain injury patients. A set of four inertial sensors mounted on a special garment worn by the patient provides the quaternions representing the patient upper limb’s orientation in space. A kinematic model is built to estimate 3D upper limb motion for accurate therapeutic evaluation. The human upper limb is represented as a kinematic chain of rigid bodies with three joints and six degrees of freedom. Validation of the system has been performed by co-registration of movements with a commercial optoelectronic tracking system. Successful results are shown that exhibit a high correlation among signals provided by both devices and obtained at the Institut Guttmann Neurorehabilitation Hospital.
Keywords: motion tracking; inertial sensors; neurorehabilitation; upper limb; biomechanical model

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Pérez, R.; Costa, Ú.; Torrent, M.; Solana, J.; Opisso, E.; Cáceres, C.; Tormos, J.M.; Medina, J.; Gómez, E.J. Upper Limb Portable Motion Analysis System Based on Inertial Technology for Neurorehabilitation Purposes. Sensors 2010, 10, 10733-10751.

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Pérez R, Costa Ú, Torrent M, Solana J, Opisso E, Cáceres C, Tormos JM, Medina J, Gómez EJ. Upper Limb Portable Motion Analysis System Based on Inertial Technology for Neurorehabilitation Purposes. Sensors. 2010; 10(12):10733-10751.

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Pérez, Rodrigo; Costa, Úrsula; Torrent, Marc; Solana, Javier; Opisso, Eloy; Cáceres, César; Tormos, Josep M.; Medina, Josep; Gómez, Enrique J. 2010. "Upper Limb Portable Motion Analysis System Based on Inertial Technology for Neurorehabilitation Purposes." Sensors 10, no. 12: 10733-10751.

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