Software Improves Understanding of Mobility ProblemsBy ScienceDaily,
Publication Date: December 15, 2010
Article describes computer software developed to better understand the mechanics of movement, known as biomechanics, when carrying out everyday activities. A research collaboration between the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde supported by the UK Research Councils’ New Dynamics of Ageing program in Great Britain, the software tool takes motion capture data and muscle strength measurements from older people undertaking everyday activities, then generates a three dimensional (3D) animated human stick figure on which the biomechanical demands of the activities are represented visually at the joints. These demands are shown as a percentage of maximum capability through a color gradient, with green being zero percent, amber 50 percent, and red being maximum stress. The visualization software can be used to improve the designer’s understanding of different needs when developing products for older people, including enhancement of the ergonomic and functional attributes of products, and improving the design of landscapes and buildings. In a healthcare setting, it could improve the understanding of older people’s mobility challenges and improve communication across healthcare professions to provide a more coherent approach to clinical assessment, diagnosis, and rehabilitation.
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