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Development of a 3D tracking sensor for biomedical applications

Pediaditis Dimitrios

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Year 2020
Type of Item Diploma Work
Bibliographic Citation Dimitrios Pediaditis, "Development of a 3D tracking sensor for biomedical applications", Diploma Work, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece, 2020
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With technology advancing at such a rapid pace, it is no wonder that the developments in science and engineering are being integrated into the medical sector. Any new knowledge of living systems gained through analytical techniques based on engineering sciences contribute to the progress of medicine. This integration has given rise to the interdisciplinary field of biomedical and as a result, created the need to develop more applications at this field. Prominent breakthroughs in the biomedical field include life-saving and life-changing technology such as artificial organs, bio-sensors, prosthetics, surgical devices, pacemakers, EEGs, regenerative tissue growth, pharmaceutical drugs, kidney dialysis, to name a few. Many biomechanical analyses are also interested in the position tracking. The growing demand for low-cost, portable and durable sensors is driven by this type of application.In this thesis, a low-cost, low power, portable and durable device was developed by using a sensor called Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). This sensor contains of a 3-axis accelerometer, a 3-axis gyroscope and often a 3-axis magnetometer. An Inertial Measurement Unit cannot provide directly 3D coordinates thus a software was also developed that is capable of providing the displacement of the sensor in 3D coordinates. The motivation for this work was to construct a device with adequate accuracy, portable, with the lowest cost as possible that can be embedded in biomedical applications.

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