To use infrared technology to analyze motions is nothing new. But this specifik Motion Caption Lab differs when it comes to size. 20 cameras offers unique opportunities for motion analysis and will be a valuable addition to the research subject's Field Robotics Lab.
– This is fantastic important for our Field Robotics Lab, says Thomas Gustafsson.
– It is a unique set of cameras in terms of number. Therefore, we get a large volume of the test site and can also have enormous good precision.
Test site for large vehicles
The 20 cameras can be mounted up to 50 feet tall tripods and thereby form a test site on 80 times 80 meters. This means that the analysis can be done outdoors on large moving objects, such as mining machinery, cars and forestry vehicles, as well as on smaller items. The items are supplied with reflectors that the infrared cameras capture. With the help of advanced software, the information is converted into a three-dimensional image.
– So far, for example, we could only guess how a tire behaves during ground contact. Now we can get the key and in doing so improve the internal design of the vehicle, Thomas Gustafsson explains .
New research opportunities
Hopefully, the new large-scale system of the Field Robotics Lab, will result in new collaborations with several different industries and areas of research. This can involve everything from automotive and mining industry to robotics research and health sciences in form of physiotherapy challenges.
The Motion Caption Lab has been supported by grants from Luleå University of Technology's lab fund and Kempestiftelsen.