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Kinect v2 tracked Body Joint Smoothing for Kinematic Analysis in Musculoskeletal Disorders
N.K. Mangal,
Published in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Volume: 2020-July
Pages: 5769 - 5772
Body joint monitoring is essential for disorder diagnosis and assessment of treatment effectiveness. Microsoft Kinect v2 is a low-cost and markerless human motion-tracking RGB-D sensor that provides spatial locations of tracked skeletal joints in the form of 3D coordinates. Sometimes, body tracking of kinect v2 produces erratic 3D coordinates, which affects the real-time tracking performance of the sensor. A careful study of the literature suggests that skeletal tracking of kinect v2 needs further exploration. This work proposes a filter combined with the concept of body kinematics to remove noise and enhances the quality of 3D coordinates in body frame data. Also, it generates 'Motion Signature' of the tracked joint, which shows movement pattern for kinematic analysis, and helpful in joint monitoring of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD). The clinically relevant anatomical movement was executed, to evaluate the performance of the proposed filter. We compared Range of Motion (RoM) values obtained from the proposed filter with the gold standard goniometry. Results indicate that RoM values from the proposed filter are in high correlation with the goniometry with an Intraclass Correlation Coefficient values ranging between 0.95 to 0.98 authenticating that it improves the skeletal joint tracking of kinect v2. © 2020 IEEE.