Motion Devotion

In 2012, 6% of the adult population (18 million) reported being unable to perform at least one common activity due to musculoskeletal conditions (Source: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States – United States Bone and Joint Initiative, 2015). Though 6% have reported complications in their personal lives, half of the adult population was diagnosed with a musculoskeletal condition. Utilization of Motion Capture technologies to broaden the accessibility physical therapy could revolutionize the accessibility of healthcare for the future.

Meet the Team

Cecilia Fox

Cecilia Fox

Biology, Senior

Robert Stocker

Robert Stocker

Computer Science, Junior

Cameron Robinson

Cameron Robinson

Engineering, Senior

Antoine Prince

Antoine Prince

Media Arts & Design and International Affairs, Senior

The Process

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The Impact

This project began from interest in a partnership with The School of Theatre and Dance, aiming to leverage motion capture technologies in two potential contexts; Visual Art and Physical Therapy. Working with two students and one faculty member from the Dance department, the team has captured recordings of meeting sessions and moved them into Virtual Reality. The value of transferring these recordings into VR is in the ability to manipulate the surrounding environment of the user. Environment manipulation allows the user to experience being a part of a dance team and performing alongside many virtual recordings, or to allow the user to mimic the motions required for a given exercise. By enabling individuals to have an exercise at their fingertips, these experiences will be more accessible and more personalized for the individual.

One further point of note is the usage of photogrammetry within Ikinema. Motion Devotion has begun experimentation with using photogrammetry to 3D model for avatar creation. These avatars can then be placed into a virtual environment to replace the standard character, allowing the environment to feel even more personalized. With high resolution cameras and a photogrammetric stitching program, the user can follow themselves doing the exercise to break down an insecurity that may exist in the perception of physical therapy.