Physical simulation- and reconstruction-framework for shape sensing fabrics
Over the last decade a large number of prototypes for several research areas in the field of shape sensing have been based on optical tracking devices like the Microsoft Kinect. To overcome the disadvantages of such devices, namely immobility and occlusion of tracked objects, another approach, to which only little attention has been given to so far, is the usage of embedded sensors in fabrics. One of the reasons might be the high effort to manufacture such prototypes with uncertain outcome in terms of matching the requirements of certain use cases. To help developing and planning such devices as well as the used software, a simulation- and reconstruction-framework is introduced in this thesis. Furthermore both parts together enable creating software for a use case even before the hardware is ready. An exemplary workflow, demonstrating how the implemented software can support the development of new applications for shape sensing fabrics, is presented with the Sleeping Posture Recognizer. It uses a blanket with embedded acceleration sensors to determine the sleeping posture of the covered person.
Darmstadt, TU, Master Thesis, 2015