Upper extremity reachable workspace evaluation with Kinect

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;184:247-53.


We propose a novel low-cost method for quantitative assessment of upper extremity workspace envelope using Microsoft Kinect camera. In clinical environment there are currently no practical and cost-effective methods available to provide arm-function evaluation in three-dimensional space. In this paper we examine the accuracy of the proposed technique for workspace estimation using Kinect in comparison with a motion capture system. The experimental results show that the developed system is capable of capturing the workspace with sufficient accuracy and robustness.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Actigraphy / instrumentation
  • Actigraphy / methods*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Models, Biological*
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology*
  • Upper Extremity / physiology*
  • User-Computer Interface*
  • Video Games*