AVGVST Guest Post: Refining Human Motion

This is a guest post by AVGVST creative agency. AVGVST are our good neighbours here in Nishizabu Tokyo, so we thought it is a good idea to ask them to create a few good-looking blog posts for us.

Human Motion Capture

Human motion capture is a term commonly known from the world of movie production: Gollum in The Lord of the Rings lurking and smiling at his shiny ring in a weirdly human-like manner or the beautifully alien creatures of Avatar floating through a fantastic landscape.

Although transferring human body movements to a movie character is an established method, it might be surprising to some that human motion capture has a range of applications in a areas beyond the world of film production.

Motion Capture can improve human life by boosting a person’s work efficiency, support injury recovery and help preventing excessive strain on the human body under rough working conditions. The medical and manufacturing industries are just two of many fields where motion capture helps to optimizing human movements.

IMU-Based Technology for Refining Human Motion

One of the main topics of LP-RESEARCH for the application of its advanced sensor technology is to provide means for quantitatively refining human motion and make them faster, safer and more efficient.

LP-RESEARCH’s chief scientist Tobias Schlüter is writing software that uses motion sensor data to measure the movements of a person. Small sensors attached to the subject’s limbs track body motion and based on the acquired information, adjustments can be made to the subject’s movements.

This can result in improved speed safety and efficiency for a specific activity.

Worker Safety & Well-Being First in Industrial Production

Using this technology a patient trying to recover from a severe injury might find a faster way back to normal life. A runner working to improve his running style might gather useful information to optimize his training strategy.

A central topic in industrial manufacturing is the improvement of production efficiency: human workers performing repetitive tasks face problems of fatigue and physical conditions like back pain. Human motion capture and the corresponding analysis methods help to correct sub-optimal movements to help the work fatigue less, stay healthy and at the same time become more efficient.

With applications in sports, medical treatment, industrial production and more: Sensor technology from Tokyo – welcome to LP-RESEARCH.

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AVGVST Guest Post: Technology from Neo Tokyo

This is a guest post by AVGVST creative agency. AVGVST are our good neighbours here in Nishizabu Tokyo, so we thought it is a good idea to ask them to create a few good-looking blog posts for us.

Teamwork

LP-RESEARCH provides answers to some of today’s hard engineering problems and questions. It is in the company’s essence to find those solutions and provide them to the people who need them most.

Find out more about the company and the people behind it in this interview with the LP-RESEARCH team.

Global Scale

We are in Germany, on one of the fastest highways on this planet – Die Autobahn. A silver limousine is cruising down the road, gentle and elegantly it cuts through traffic. Its driver wears augmented reality glasses projecting his distance to other cars, navigation information and nearby construction zones directly onto the road into the driver’s field of view.

Beijing China. A forklift is navigating autonomously through a warehouse to organize the stock of an international trading company. Following its pre-programmed routine, the forklift silently moves from A to B, B to C, repeat, effortlessly picking up and delivering palettes loaded with goods to be shipped.

Thousands of miles away, an employee of a Swiss chocolate factory is packing pralines into heart-shaped boxes. His movements are efficient, following a dynamically calculated pattern optimized to maximize productivity, while at the same time helping the employee to keep a healthy posture and minimize the strain on his joints.

From the warehouse in China over chocolate made in Switzerland to cruising on the German Autobahn, there is one thing that connects all these locations: A technology company from Tokyo – Life Performance Research Inc.

Solutions to Hard Problems

The core of LP-RESEARCH’s business and the starting point on many of their journeys to finding a solution to a hard problem relies on their advanced sensing and measurement technology. LP-RESEARCH’s product, the Life Performance Motion Sensor (LPMS) algorithmically fuses together information from a gyroscope, accelerometer and other sensors.

Mathematically “glued” together, these data streams produce a result that is in its accuracy and responsiveness superior to the information gathered from a singular source. This type of sensor fusion represents the focus and core knowledge of LP-RESEARCH’s developments and is applied in all variations of the company’s products and services.