Garment-Based Body Position Monitoring

Georgia Tech and the Human Interface Branch of NASA partnered together to find a way to detect astronauts' body positions in space. In the zero gravity space environment it becomes difficult to monitor tasks that lead to repetitive stress injuries or fatigue. Monitoring movement would help NASA pinpoint high stress actions and make adjustments to corresponding mission tasks. We developed an unobtrusive, textile based system to monitor astronauts’ arm position in real time, in zero gravity, and without the constraints of camera based motion-input devices.

Team: Emily Keen (MID), Mauricio Uruena (MID), Sahithya Baskaran (HCI), Norma Easter (CM), Cameron Hord (CS)


  • Presented at the NASA’s Johnson Space Center Symposium on Wearable Computing 2013 in Houston, Texas
  • Exhibited at International Symposium on Wearable Computing Design Showcase 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland 
  • Georgia Tech Research Innovation Conference 2014 Travel Grant Award

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