Artificial Life and Robotics

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 346–356 | Cite as

The motion capturing of female divers under water and the trial production of motion viewers for developing a virtual diving experience learning system

  • Yasushi Hosokawa
  • Daiki Urata
  • Akio Doi
  • Toyoo Takata
  • Yoshihiko Abe
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Abstract

The virtual diving experience learning system of “Ama”, Japanese traditional female divers, has been developed to simulate how divers move in a virtual space using the diving interface and utilizing an accelerometer and a gyroscope. This interface not only detects the diving motion but also outputs the movement. Diving motion is shown in the ways of hand motion while standing. Although this makes it possible for a learner to understand the divers’ actions more clearly, this system’s difficulty is in visualizing a divers’ actions including their hands or bodies. Therefore, our study focuses on developing the operation system to reproduce actual ways of Amas’ diving with a virtual human body in a virtual space. First, the motion capture was done in an underwater condition. In the next process, the virtual human body was created. Finally, with the motion viewer, the more vivid actions of the Ama were successfully reproduced much more than in previous attempts. Using this system, the effectiveness of the Amas’ movement learning was confirmed, because a learner practices Amas’ movement.

Keywords

Ama Underwater motion capture Virtual space Virtual human body Motion viewer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasushi Hosokawa
    • 1
  • Daiki Urata
    • 1
  • Akio Doi
    • 2
  • Toyoo Takata
    • 2
  • Yoshihiko Abe
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of TechnologyHachinohe CollegeHachinoheJapan
  2. 2.Iwate Prefectural UniversityTakizawaJapan

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