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The use of depth cameras in biomechanics

Lead investigator Dr Jon Wheat

Funded by Engineering for Life, Derby Hospitals Charity

Amount to date £19,792


To establish the feasibility and accuracy of using depth cameras in various biomechanics contexts.


With the recent release of the Microsoft Kinect, depth cameras are now affordable, accessible commodity items. This technology offers the possibility of performing complex biomechanical analyses, previously achieved using relatively expensive, often laboratory based, equipment, at low cost and in the field. In this ongoing project we are exploring the use of depth cameras in several analysis contexts including body segment tracking, whole-body person tracking and three-dimensional scanning. More details of these projects can be found on the project's website at

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