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Gait Analysis

Gait analysis is the study of individual gaits - how individual move, and how different species and/or different genders move. It tracks individual differences in gait to be able to determine an individual in a crowd, in much the same way as a fingerprint on an object is used.

As an interface method it is most often used as part of motion capture systems, translating the unique movements of the individual's physical body into the avatar's movements inside the virtual environment. It is quite possible to also use gait analysis to build up a database of walking styles for use by other avatars, or alife entities.

Like with other mocap systems, gait analysis typically uses markers or sensors on the body of the subject being studied, and multiple cameras positioned around them in the room. As the subject moves, it is the relative position of each sensor that is tracked. As the number of sensors increases, so does the accuracy of the analysis. Predictive algorithms can be used once enough data on the gait has been recorded, to accurately assess where the individual will end up at any given point in time - and exactly where each foot will fall.

See Also: Motion Capture, Alife, Embodiment, Biometric, Gesture Control, Kinematics

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Related Dictionary Entries for Gait Analysis:

Biometric Interface

Gait Analysis

Kinematic Motion Estimation



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Video games need 'realism boost'
BBC article about how to add authenticity to VR, goes beyond graphics, also encompassing extensive use of motion capture to catalogue how stance, gait and the tiny movements of facial muscles combine when people display different emotions.

ReWalk iss an exoskeletal framework, based in part on recent robot gait algorithms. Its primary purpose is to allow wheelchair users to walk again - even if their own legs no-longer work.

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Fitting Prosthetics Snugly over Time
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig, Germany have developed a sensor system that fits into a prosthesis to analyse gait over time.

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Populating Ghostville: Getting and Keeping Players, Part 1
Using the LARP model as an example, this article offers three paradigms for advertising your world, along with a detailed analysis of the benefits and the likelihood of attraction.

This is a physical therapy based book, in its second edition. It attempts to provide all the essential information required to make accurate judgements about orthotic/prosthetic prescription and fabrication to give readers a foundation for gait assessment.

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Animation: Gait and movement differs according to wealth
A look at using a pool of sequence files and the socio-economic status of an NPC, to create a set of sequence files for their avatar that makes their behaviour both unique and believable.

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MoCap for Movement Analysis
Promising work by QuinteQ on real-time motion capture without excessive hardware, holds promise for MoCap use in public VR.

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VR Interfaces: VRIxp
VRIxp is a medical diagnosis device using what is perhaps a novel form of 3D visualisation. It uses audio analysis of vibration deep inside the body to assemble precise structural detail.

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The Elements of Good Mythtelling, Part Four: The Heroic Character
A good, thorough analysis of the hero's journey, and how parts of it can be used to make characters that, whilest not necessarily heroes, are respectful in aura none the less.


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Arizona State University researchers have developed a prosthetic device that literally puts the spring back into an amputee's step. The ASU scientists have developed and refined SPARKy (for spring ankle with regenerative kinetics) into a s...

A robot named MABEL that can walk over rough terrain with a human-like gait has been developed by University of Michigan electrical engineering professor Jessy Grizzle and students. Grizzle was surprised that she was able to perform as well...

Researchers from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel have crafted a wearable augmented reality immersion apparatus designed to provide patients suffering from balance disorders with supplemental auditory and visual information to...

Professor Yoram Baram, of Technion Institute in Israel has devised an auditory feedback system which enables patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) to improve their gait.

It was born a decade ago, as a VR audio/visual feedbac...

Contrary to popular belief, decades-old research and legions of power walkers, arm swings are a reflexive response to leg movement.

We swing our arms simply because it would take extra mental and physical effort to keep them ...