Cutting-edge motion data technology set to transform physical health and ergonomics

Xsens expands into an entirely new market with fast, easy, and safe automated reports for physiotherapists, health specialists, and ergonomic consultants

Enschede, Netherlands, 1st July 2021 – Physiotherapists, ergonomic consultants and other physical health practitioners can now tap into the full potential of Xsens’ world-leading motion capture technology with ease – the company’s new Automatic Reporting instantly presents complex movement data in an accessible, easy-to-read report using its online MotionCloud platform. Xsens has also introduced its new Awinda Starter system, armed with the same motion-tracking technology driving research at the world’s leading universities, but at an entirely affordable cost.

Transforming the user experience with Automatic Reporting

Until now, completing a complex analysis of human motion required technical expertise in data scripting and reporting, often unavailable to specialists in physical health care due to time. While high-end universities and research facilities require Xsens’ full motion capture suit and MVN software to conduct larger research, independent professionals only need specific data and less processing. Xsens’ new MotionCloud takes care of the processing, with Automatic reporting designed to display the data in multiple formats tailored to each user’s respective industry.

In as little as two minutes, a full report, graphs, and a digital recording of an avatar completing the movements are generated and stored on the Xsens MotionCloud platform. All that’s required is an internet connection and any computer or laptop, providing access to files from multiple locations simultaneously. Physical health practitioners can improve their own understanding of a client’s physical health with easy-to-read data that informs objective rehabilitation and care.

Ralph Speerstra from Pro-F Performance Center said, “Some of the world’s leading sports scientists and research facilities already use Xsens’ motion capture technology to track high-quality, full-body motion data, improving the performance of athletes and discovering new insights into human movement. Being able to use the very same technology in my own practice without the need for any technical knowledge or scientific facilities is incredible. My patients can comfortably perform movements while wearing Xsens Awinda sensors and I can provide high-level insight almost instantly. There’s also the added benefit of showing the patient the data report and digital avatar, elevating the level of communication and trust between us and further emphasizing the efficacy of my business. The addition of automatic reporting has been transformative.”

Report Bundles

To ensure each report is presented in a functional and accessible format, Xsens is starting out by releasing two bundles: The RULA Report bundle for ergonomics and Gait Analysis bundle for physiotherapists – these bundles will be expanded with multiple relevant reports in the near future.

Both bundles are designed to provide the user with relevant data that’s easily readable, bridging the gap between data and analysis. For example, gait analysis – the study of human motion – requires specified data, such as spatial and temporal parameters. Automatic Reporting will instantly display these relevant parameters without any added work required by the user.

Similarly, if a researcher in ergonomics wants to complete an accurate RULA report, instead of relying on the analysis of a 2D video, the user can see all relevant data parameters and a three-dimensional avatar as a visual aid. Users can also estimate joint angles without needing to construct a frame-by-frame analysis.

All of these reports can be viewed in MotionCloud and are fully downloadable as PDFs and spreadsheets.

Peter Hartman, Product Manager at Xsens said: “This is more than a feature launch, we’re aiming to connect to an entirely new community of professionals and provide the most precise inertial motion capture technology on the market in a format that is both accessible and functional. The added depth motion capture brings to physical health care, sports and ergonomics is far beyond anything possible by observation alone – it will significantly expand the service offering of our users and improve the well-being and physical health of people everywhere.”

All of this comes with an entirely new pricing model made possible by Xsens’ MotionCloud, a cloud-based motion capture platform that processes and stores data remotely. Users can choose their desired pricing tier based on the number of reports needed per month. Starting out at €8 per report, users that opt for multiple reports can reduce that fee to €3. Data is stored for free and can be accessed from anywhere by connecting to MotionCloud.

Added to this is Xsens’ new Awinda Starter system, a low-cost, entry version of its cutting-edge motion sensor technology. Instead of requiring a full suit, the Awinda Starter consists of strap-on-sensors designed to capture high-quality data for specified movements, perfectly crafted for ergonomic and physical health assessments. Paired with MotionCloud and Automatic Reporting, this is the most accessible and affordable Xsens package ever, reducing the full system price by thousands of euros.

Find out more about MVN Reports here.


About Xsens

Xsens is the leading innovator in 3D motion tracking technology and products. Our sensor fusion technologies enable a seamless interaction between the physical and the digital world in consumer electronics devices and professional applications such as Motion Capture, Motion Analysis, healthcare, sports, and industrial applications.