Tags: 3D human kinematics | Movement Analysis | Gait Analysis

Full-body and half-body measurement systems based on wireless inertial sensors, biomechanical models and sensor fusion algorithms. Easy to use, short setup time and instant data output. Can be used anywhere.

  • Completely wireless system
  • Use anywhere: outside, in the office, no lab or simulated environment required
  • Generates instant and accurate 3D kinematic results


  • MVN BIOMECH AwindaWireless motion trackers, accurately synchronized
  • Instant 3D kinematic results – no postprocessing required
  • Reliable and accurate data
  • Setup time within 10 minutes>
  • Calibration within 10 seconds
  • Sophisticated biomechanical model
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Optimal magnetic immunity
  • Low on-body weight & full freedom of movement
  • Different export formats including C3D and XML



  • Biomechanics
    - Research
    - Rehabilitation
    - Gait analysis
    - Sports Science
    - Sports coaching
  • Ergonomics and human factors


Design highlights



Click-in straps

Special developed elasticated straps allow easy placement of trackers on the subject by clicking them into place.


Awinda Dongle


Awinda receiving dongle

Small Awinda receiving dongle is included with every system. The form factor gives the user more freedom while moving along with the subject.


Awinda Station Synch


BNC sync ports

The Awinda receiving station features 4 synchronization ports, 2 for sync out and 2 for sync in. Ideal for synchronizing with other data acquisition systems.


MVN BIOMECH AwindaNumber of trackers

Full body configuration17 MTw inertial trackers
Lower body configuration7 MTw inertial trackers
Upper body configuration11 MTw inertial trackers
Extra prop / backup tracker1 MTw inertial tracker


Wireless communication range for Awinda Station (typical)

Outdoor50 meters (164 ft.)
Indoor open space50 meters (164 ft.)
Indoor office20 meters (65 ft.)


Update rates

MTw internal sampling rate1800 Hz.
Full body kinematics update rateMax 30 Hz.
Lower body kinematics update rateMax 60 Hz.
Upper body kinematics update rateMax 40 Hz.


Motion trackers Performance Specifications

3D orientation accuracy< 0.5 deg
Resolution0.05 deg
Accelerometer range± 160 m/s2 (16 g)
Gyroscope range1200 deg/s


Output Data

  • MVN BIOMECH Awinda case

    3D Kinematics of 23 segments

  • 3D Representation of 22 joints
  • 3D Global position of segments and bony landmarks
  • 3D Body centre of mass
  • 3D Inertial sensor data


Accessories included

  • Full body set of straps
  • Awinda receiving station
  • Awinda receiving dongle
  • Reference camera
  • Charging stations, segmometer, etc
  • Strong, durable suitcase 


Synch Station

Available options

  • Real-time streaming protocol
  • Backup kits
  • Contact us for all possibilities



The Awinda Station is able to send or accept synchronization signals to sync with other data acquisition systems. The synchronization signals are fully configurable within MVN Studio Pro.

  • 2 BNC ports for sync-in (Slave mode)
  • 2 BNC ports for sync-out (Master mode)
  • Industry standard 3.3V TTL pulses




Biomechanical analysis is used in:
Biomechanical analysis, Sports performance science, Rehabilitation, Wearable solutions, Ergonomics and Digital Factory & PLM.


Xsens MVN enabled Augmented Reality
Augmented Reality
Augsburg University research: Xsens MVN enabled Augmented Reality.
Identifying Psychological Focus of Attention Using Intra-Individual Movement Variability
Focus of Attention
Identifying Psychological Focus of Attention Using Intra-Individual Movement Variability by the University of Central Lancashire
The effect of different shoes on aiming and shooting in archery
Aiming and shooting in archery
The effect of different shoes on aiming and shooting in archery by the University of Ljubljana
Indoor Biofeedback Analysis for Rowing
Biofeedback Analysis for Rowing
Indoor Biofeedback Analysis for Rowing by NUI Galway.
A novel wearable measurement system for ambulatory assessment of joint loading in the occupational setting
Wearable measurement system
A wearable measurement system for ambulatory assessment by Harvard School of Public Health.
Interactive Sonification of Human Movements for Stroke Rehabilitation
Stroke Rehabilitation
Interactive Sonification of Human Movements for Stroke Rehabilitation by the Leibniz University Hanover.
Human Behaviour Analysis: Fall detection
Fall detection
Human Behaviour Analysis: Fall detection by the University of Coimbra.
Objective Functional Capacity Assessment using Xsens MVN System
Functional Capacity Assessment
Objective Functional Capacity Assessment using Xsens MVN System by the University of Wollongong
Analysis of vehicle ingress and egress
Vehicle ingress and egress
Analysis of vehicle ingress and egress by the Coventry University.
Rowing with Xsens MVN
Rowing with Xsens MVN
Rowing with Xsens MVN by Roessingh Research & Development (RRD).


MVN Studio ProMVN Studio PRO

30 days trial of MVN Studio Pro

MVN Studio PRO software is part of the MVN BIOMECH (Awinda) system. The software incorporates the sophisticated Xsens MVN Fusion Engine which ensures reliable data output. A license on a dongle is included with every system.

  • Sophisticated and scalable biomechanical human model
  • Easy sensor to segment calibration routine
  • Real-time preview
  • Recording and replaying measurements (w. video optional)
  • Extensive 3D data output
  • Global 3D position
  • Magnetic immunity
  • Synchronization option
  • Streaming motion data
  • Prop/object tracking
  • Multi-person motion capture
  • Plug-ins


More about MVN Studio PRO


Related Software


C-MotionVisual 3D from C-Motion

A successfully tested software application for reading C3D exported data using MVN BIOMECH is Visual3D software from C-Motion. A free CMO/C3D reader can be downloaded from C-Motion.

Visual3D is hardware and marker set independent. Marker sets can be easily imported for users to create purpose-built models. Using the 63 marker set from MVN BIOMECH (Awinda), full body 3D kinematic analysis is possible.






Siemens PLM JackSiemens PLM Software

Xsens has partnered with Siemens PLM Software to enable fast and easy integration of MVN BIOMECH’s highly accurate 3D data with the world-class software packages of the Tecnomatix-suite, Jack (>7.1) and Process Simulate Human (PSH >10.1). A special plug-in is available for MVN Studio Pro

Improve time to market using Xsens 3D motion capture data in Jack and Process Simulate Human (PSH). Real-time motion capture data streamed real-time into Siemens PLM software packages enables realistic task analysis of real humans carrying out real movements.

MVN BIOMECH is a mobile solution and can be used anywhere: indoors on an assembly line, on a factory floor, in tight spaces like a car or an airplane, as well as outdoors, without the need for simulated environments or additional equipment.


Dassault Systems using Haption

MVN data can be streamed in real-time, via middleware from Haption to Dassault ergonomics software packages as follows:

  • Delmia V5* using Haption’s RTI Delmia
  • Catia V5* using Haption’s IFC Core and IFC Human
  • 3DVIA Virtools** using Haption’s IPP Core and IPP Human


Using MVN BIOMECH with Haption’s IPSI, it is possible to analyse real data in a car, aeroplane, as well as immerge the human character directly into the digital mockup from Dassault software packages to validate future development, including assembly line, product, tooling, with realtime collision detection.

* V5 Human, Human Builder, Catia™ V5, Delmia™ V5, 3DVIA Virtools are trademarks from Dassault System
** Virtuose and IPSI are trademarks of Haption

Xsens Haption Dassault




Tried and tested synchronization of data acquisition systems with Xsens systems:

Xsens Synchronization with EMG Systems

Synchronizing with Noraxon EMGLink
Synchronizing with Cometa Wave EMGLink
Synchronizing with Delsys Trigno EMGLink

Xsens Synchronization with Pressure Mats

Synchronize with GAITRite Pressure MatLink

Xsens Synchronization with Optical Systems

Synchronize with ViconLink


Concurrent validation of Xsens MVN measurement of lower limb joint angular kinematics

Author: Zhang J-T, Novak AC, Brouwer B and Li Q
Journal: Physiol. Meas. 2013: 34(8): N63-N69 doi:10.1088/0967-3334/34/8/N63

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Intra-individual movement variability during skill transitions: A useful marker?

Author: Carson H.J., Collins D. & Richards J.
Journal: Eur J Sport Sci. 2013 Jul 10

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Biomechanical differences between experienced and inexperienced wheelchair users during sport

Author: Starrs P, Chohan A, Fewtrell D, Richards J, Selfe J
Journal: Prosthet Orthot Int 2012; 36(3): 324-31

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Product movies

MVN BIOMECH product movie Gait analysis with MVN BIOMECH Full body subject preparation


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