ICoRD'13 pp 423-434 | Cite as

Preliminary Analysis of Low-Cost Motion Capture Techniques to Support Virtual Ergonomics

  • Giorgio Colombo
  • Daniele Regazzoni
  • Caterina Rizzi
  • Giordano De Vecchi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


This paper concerns the development of a computer-aided platform to analyze workers’ postures and movements and ergonomically validate the design of device a man or woman may deal with. In particular, we refer to pick and place operations of food items on the display unit shelves. The paper describes three low-cost solutions that integrate two optical motion capture techniques (one based on web-cam and another on MS Kinect sensor) and two human modeling systems (Jack and LifeMod) with the main goal of determining the suitability of operators’ working conditions and, eventually, providing a feedback to the design step. The solutions have been tested considering a vertical display unit as case study. Preliminary results of the experimentation as well as main benefits and limits are presented. The results have been considered promising; however, we have planned to perform an acquisition campaign in the real environment, the supermarket.


Human modeling Motion capture Virtual ergonomics Pick and place 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giorgio Colombo
    • 1
  • Daniele Regazzoni
    • 2
  • Caterina Rizzi
    • 2
  • Giordano De Vecchi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MechanicsPolytechnic of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of EngineeringUniversity of BergamoDalmineItaly

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