This allows one to visualize the electrical activity that generates the force that causes the key depression and release simultaneously with the force measurement. 7 is a schematic illustration of an analog signal processing circuit for the force sensors arranged on the ergonomic keyboard of FIG. 2A. b) a switch sensor functionally associated with the force sensing member that generates signal when depression and release of the force sensing member occurs during play of the game. of force that they apply to certain buttons during the game. There are multiples method for determining COG of object like: Traditional multiple point weighing method (or Reaction method), Improved method of measuring COG with 3 Electromyographic force measuring system and method. It describes the method of calibration, calculation of calibration results and the classification of the torque measuring device in a … For example, it refers both to tapping the same finger repeatedly and also to tapping all four fingers sequentially.) FIG. 2D mice, trackballs, pens or pucks, Control and interface arrangements therefor, e.g. However, in some subjects, as the muscles become fatigued, the force will increase temporarily and then decrease. protocols for calibrating sensors, Operational features of calibration, e.g. 1. Another application for the systems of the present invention is its use in assisting an individual playing sports to make changes to optimize the outcome of their motor movements. The invention discloses a load-sharing piezoelectric multi-dimensional force measuring device and a method for manufacturing the same, belongs to the field of piezoelectric sensors, and particularly relates to a testing device. The FMS allows the clinician to be more objective in terms of assessing the improvement of the patient. Method and device for measuring the nip force and/or the nip pressure in a nip formed by a revolving roll or by a corresponding band employed in the manufacture of paper in which measurement detectors are arranged in a series and placed in the transverse direction of the revolving roll, preferably over the entire width of the paper web. In addition, the FMS may be used to quantify various motor problems in subjects suffering from various diseases ranging from schizophrenia to Parkinson's disease. Systemic arterial stiffness affects the global buffering properties of the arterial system, but for a particular segment or region there is essentially one value of stiffness for one value of blood pressure (BP) for one individual. In some cases, finger tapping is a clinical assessment of motor problems. sensors, in relation to patient mounted on external non-worn devices, e.g. IMADA, a professional manufacturer of force measurement instruments (force gauge, torque gauge, etc. Force Transducers and Force Measurement. effect measuring the amount of friction being generated by the mating surfaces in the joint and as the clampload is increased so is the torque Medical devices and human-machine-interfaces (HMIs) need to measure force as well, albeit on a much smaller and more precise scale. In addition, as the amplitude of the EMG signals increase, the frequency of the EMG signals decrease. The apparatus is set to sample signals at a given frequency. An apparatus that can quantify the degree of impairment of subjects suffering from CTS would be useful in the medical field. Other applications include the following: measuring the change in force one generates when standing on a mat as an indication that the person is fatigued and should sit down; measuring the change of force applied by the wrist to a wrist pad or by the forearm to an armchair when typing as an indicator of fatigue; measuring the change of force while using power tools for industrial safety in setting limits on the time period that the tools can be used to prevent fatigue-related accidents; and biometric applications involving use of the force profiles for identifying individuals or classes of individuals with similar profiles. The U.S. Department of Labor has concluded that CTS is the âchief occupational hazard of the 90's-disabling workers in epidemic proportions.â As our society gets older, the incidence of RSI will increase. Accordingly, the present invention relates to a method of monitoring fatigue in at least one body part of a subject performing repetitive motions, said motions including applying force to a force sensing member connected to a force measuring apparatus, said method comprising the steps of: measuring signal as a function of force produced by the body part during performance of the repetitive motions; measuring signal as a function of force effects on the force sensing member during performance of the repetitive motions; converting the signal characteristic of force production to a force production profile, and converting the signal characteristic of the effects of the force to a force effect profile. Force profiles of the fingers are generated from the measurements and evaluated for fatigue. For example, the FMS may be interfaced with a computer-driven game, and the force profiles may be used as input to the game to modify the scenario, the rate of presentation for the player, or any other game parameter. Force measuring devices Measuring with system We manufacture for complex system requirements with the highest precision, from small force-measuring systems to gauge-calibration systems, right through to batching equipment, filling scales, systems for inspecting force machines, automation technology, and materials testing. head or hand tremor, mobility of a limb, Measuring contraction of parts of the body, e.g. In a broad sense, load cells and force-sensitive resistors (like FlexiForce touch sensors) are the two most common methods. See FIG. Although in one embodiment of the invention both force profiles are generated and analyzed, in an alternative embodiment, only one is recorded and analyzed. Chandigarh [India], December 17 (ANI): Design Innovation Centre (DIC), UIET, Panjab University in Chandigarh has developed a human bite In addition, EMG data (or other data representative of physical or physiochemical manifestations, such as electrocardiograms, electroencephalograms and/or galvanic skin responses) may be monitored as well, and this activity data may be used by the computer alone or in conjunction with the force data to modify the game. The devices are made using a ring of metal with a spring-like consistency. After the evaluation session, an exponential curve is fitted to the cumulative data of each peak force value recorded over time, and a drop in amplitude is monitored. 12 is an illustration of a force measuring system incorporated into a personal computer system that includes a mouse and joystick; and. In addition, once a clinical intervention has occurred, the onset of fatigue should be increased over that of the pre-treatment condition. 11 as rectangular signal waves). The combined hardware/software system may also include a mouse, a joystick, or any other force sensing member, having finger- (or hand-) actuated keys or buttons. By the year 2000, 30 million children will have computers at home and 40 million will have computer time at their schools. For example, the FMS can be interfaced with any piece of exercise equipment, such as a bicycle, or any isotonic or isokinetic strengthening system, to provide information about force and fatigue. the waveform of the force) over time is recorded by the apparatus to demonstrate the change in force productions associated with fatigue. It can be used clinically to evaluate patients, to ascertain the effectiveness of clinical intervention, pre-employment screening, to assist in minimizing the incidence of RSI at the keyboard, mouse, joystick, and to monitor effectiveness of various finger strengthening systems. This device is also part of a method that uses the effect of boiling point elevation for calculating the molecular mass of a solvent. Chandigarh, Dec 17 (ANI): Design Innovation Centre (DIC), UIET, Panjab University in Chandigarh has developed a human bite 5, both the keyboard switches and force sensors supply signal to the data acquisition card. All the COG measuring setup are work on same principle. The system can be used clinically to evaluate patients, to ascertain the effectiveness of clinical intervention, pre-employment screening, to assist in minimizing the incidence of repetitive stress injuries at the keyboard, mouse, joystick, and to monitor effectiveness of various finger strengthening systems. 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Sensing system employing medical manipulator and pressing force measuring device and its program. More on continuum mechanics non-medical devices, Computer input devices, e.g. 11 graphically depicts the force production profile (solid line) superimposed with the force effect profile (dotted apparatus line) generated using the depicted in FIG. Indeed, the FMS when correlated with EMG signals may be used to further evaluate the force produced and the onset of fatigue during any repetitive motions. The preferred force measuring system (FMS) is a combined hardware/software system, which includes a force measuring apparatus and a computer, that is useful for measuring the onset of fatigue, such as finger fatigue caused by the repetitive force of striking the keys of a keyboard. Subjects who have RSI are not able to generate as much force as non-afflicted subjects, nor are they able to conduct an exercise for as long a period of time. BS 7882 specifies requirements for the calibration and classification of torque measuring devices, including those used for the calibration of hand torque tools to BS EN ISO 6789. The basic assumption for the pathogenesis of RSI is that muscles, which are doing repetitive work, will continue to generate force even after they become fatigued. The device is placed near the detector and aligned with the aid of a laser beam and a holder such that a polished edge is parallel to the x-ray beam. In one embodiment, one or more of the keys of the keyboard, FIG. Devices used in this method are Bourdon tubes, flat and corrugated- diaphragms, capsules and various forms of manometers. These force transfers result from the coactivation of the individual deep flexors, or the stretching of anatomical interconnections between the individual muscle bellies or tendons. Inside the ring there is a screw attached to a dial with measurements on it and a plate that vibrates after being struck with something. A sliding vibration isolation system, affected by a kinetic friction force, provides a flexible or energy dissipation system for a structure. The prior art discloses various techniques for monitoring fatigue. 3A; FIG. Device and method for diagnosing a disorder. The force measuring device includes a force generating device, a load member, a load cell, and a controller. The FMS is capable of quantifying finger fatigue recorded in real-time during repetitive motion of the fingers, either separately or together. The latter can be used in conjunction with other physiological signatures or biometrics, such as voice recognition, for âfingerprintingâ an individual. For this condition, it is assumed that any risk imposed by the application of the magnetically induced force is no greater than any risk imposed by normal daily activity in the Earth's gravitational field. 13 is an illustration of the FMS shown in FIG. Presently, surgical intervention is used to minimize CTS. 3A; FIG. In principle, it is possible to analyze the approach part of a force curve to obtain information on the attractive interaction before binding, but it … United States Patent 7152475 . FIG. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. 2B depicts the relationship of EMG signal amplitude/frequency and time; FIG. In yet another embodiment of the present invention, a computer game system is provided which is adapted for monitoring a repetitive motion of at least one body part of a person playing the computer game, wherein said system comprises a force sensing member further comprising: a) a force sensor functionally associated with the force sensing member that generates signal as a function of force produced by the body part and transmitted to the force sensing member during play of the game; and b) a switch sensor functionally associated with the force sensing member that generates signal when depression and release of the force sensing member occurs during play of the game. US6363799B1 US09/631,901 US63190100A US6363799B1 US 6363799 B1 US6363799 B1 US 6363799B1 US 63190100 A US63190100 A US 63190100A US 6363799 B1 US6363799 B1 US 6363799B1 Authority US United States Prior art keywords ring diameter In preferred applications, the key output measure is the force produced by the fingers. Simultaneously, the person's heart rate can be monitored. clamping force measurement 10015190 80-10015191 100 10015193 120 10015195 AS65-4 65 For 4-point and 2-point clamping force measurement 10015197 120 10015198 TEST AND MEASUREMENT TECHNOLOGY TESTit clamping force measuring device Scope of delivery TEST module incl. Force to pull out these proteins from the lipid bilayer membrane can be measured as well as the minimum force to break into the cell membrane with a sharp needle. After setting the target force level, the subject is prompted to depress each key repetitively in a particular rhythm established either by the subject or externally for a period of time. mice, trackballs, pens or joysticks; Accessories therefor, Pointing devices displaced or positioned by the user, e.g. b) converting the signal to a force effect profile, wherein said force effect profile reflects frequency or overlap or both frequency and overlap of said repetitive motions. In an alternative embodiment, rather than the force measuring system being directly connected to the computer with which the signal processing and data analysis will occur, the FMS may be adapted to be capable of sending force profile signals via wireless transmission to a computer at a remote location. depressed or released) during application of the force via the key switches, or âswitch sensorsâ. Whether it is musicians, computer users, or any other persons applying force (repetitively or sequentially) with their fingers, the FMS allows a more scientific approach toward the management of RSI. Device and method for measuring axial force of bolt . Power controlled systems like doors, gates, windows, sun roofs or protection devices for machines can cause injuries. In one embodiment of the present invention an apparatus such as the one depicted in FIG. 4 Conclusions The construction met hod, the cost and the repeatity of the concluded experimental results, show that In an alternate embodiment of the FMS depicted in FIG. When considering force measurement and sensing technologies for an application, engineers must take power requirements, form factors, sensor accuracy, upfront and operating costs, and other factors into their choice. curls, leg exercises) will generate sufficient force to continue their exercise until they fatigue, after which there is a decrease in the amount of force being generated. The present invention relates to a device and method for measuring force, primarily due to fatigue. It shows an ergonomic keyboard, The FMS illustrated in FIG. Generally, a single muscle or a related group of muscles is monitored for fatigue. 7, the analog signal conditioning circuit, The calibrator illustrated in FIG. 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