Motion-capture techniques are rarely based on orientation measurements for two main reasons: (1) optical motion-capture systems are designed for tracking object position rather than their orientation (which can be deduced from several trackers), (2) known animation techniques, like inverse kinematics or geometric algorithms, require position targets constantly, but orientation inputs only occasionally. We propose a complete human motion-capture technique based essentially on orientation measurements. The position measurement is used only for recovering the global position of the performer. This method allows fast tracking of human gestures for interactive applications as well as high rate recording. Several motion-capture optimizations, including the multijoint technique, improve the posture realism. This work is well suited for magnetic-based systems that rely more on orientation registration (in our environment) than position measurements that necessitate difficult system calibration.

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