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Filtering Techniques for Accurate Identification of Clinician Hand Posture

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Alex T. Hodes, Huazhen Fang, Sarah K. Kieweg, Sara E. Wilson

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Carl P. Weiner

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Paper No. IMECE2015-52290, pp. V003T03A070; 6 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 13–19, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5738-0
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Inertial and magnetic sensors are commonly used to determine orientation as they do not rely on a line of sight [1, 2]. There are many different techniques to fuse inertial measurement unit (IMU) data and obtain useful rotational data [1–3]. This study uses two separate data fusion techniques; a direction cosine matrix-based (DCM) technique and a quaternion-based Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) technique [1–3]. These techniques were altered based on performance metrics to weight sensor data when certain sensors proved not as reliable as others [2]. IMU sensors were tested on a hand mannequin and filters were developed using MATLAB software. Simulation results displayed a root-mean-squared error of less than .06° for each rotation angle. Experimental results maintained errors of less than 8° in each rotation angle.

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