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

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

  • Real-Time Kinematics. Effortlessly.
  • Robust and reliable
  • Use anywhere


The MVN BIOMECH systems are the number one choice for measuring 3D human kinematics anywhere, under any circumstance. Xsens tailored both hardware and software of the MVN BIOMECH systems to ensure real-time, reliable and accurate human motion analysis. Xsens’ tiny motion trackers are able to capture the smallest twitches to high dynamic movements on-body ensuring full 3D motion analysis. Dedicated signal pipelines take care of real-time and robust data connections. The proven MVN BIOMECH biomechanical model and sensor fusion algorithms ensure the highest quality motion analysis, even in challenging environments.

MVN BIOMECH works with:

  • Siemens PLM Software (Jack and Process Simulate Human)
  • Dassault Systems Delmia and Catia via Haption
  • ViVeTech ViVeHuman Software
  • C-Motion’s Visual 3D

Experience MVN BIOMECH by watching the tutorials




MVN BIOMECH Highlights

Ease of use

  • Small robust trackers
  • Quick and easy setup
  • Intuitive software
  • Easy synchronization with third party systems

Accurate real-time data. Effortlessly

  • 3D character visualization
  • 3D kinematic graphs
  • Patented signal pipelines
  • No post processing, instant export

Use anywhere

  • Tiny trackers worn over or under clothing
  • Use on the field, outside. In the lab, at the desk, production floor, everywhere

Robust and reliable

  • Superior algorithms ensure measurements in any condition, including magnetic disturbances
  • <10µs inter-tracker time synchronization essential for accurate joint angles


  • Easy sync with 3rd party devices
  • Data streamed or imported to many digital environments
  • Applications:

    • Biomechanics research
    • Ergonomics and Human Factors
    • Human Machine Interaction
    • Rehabilitation research
    • Sports Science
    • Virtual Reality

    Xsens Customers

    MVN BIOMECH Awinda


    The MVN BIOMECH product line has two hardware configurations (MVN BIOMECH Link and MVN BIOMECH Awinda). Both configurations are wireless and consist of 17 motion trackers for full-body human motion measurements and are easy to transport.

    MVN BIOMECH Awinda

    Completely wireless, extremely lightweight. Ideal for subject interchangeability.

    MVN BIOMECH Awinda

    MVN BIOMECH Awinda includes

    • MVN Studio BIOMECH license
    • 17 wireless motion trackers
    • 1 spare/prop motion tracker
    • Full-body set of straps
    • Awinda Station (incl. sync functionality)
    • Awinda Dongle (USB)

    MVN BIOMECH Awinda features

    • On-body wireless
    • Easy fastening with Velcro straps
    • 60 Hz update rate
    • 6 hours battery life


    High update rate. Ideal for high dynamic movement tracking.


    MVN BIOMECH Link includes

    • MVN Studio BIOMECH license
    • 17 (inter-)cabled motion trackers
    • 1 spare/prop motion tracker
    • 1 Lycra suit
    • Body Pack
    • WiFi Access Point
    • MVN Ethernet Camera

    MVN BIOMECH Link features

    • Robust, on-body cabling
    • Easy incorporation into Lycra suit
    • 240 Hz update rate
    • 9 hours battery life


    MVN Studio BIOMECH software

    MVN Studio BIOMECH features

    • Intuitive software interface
    • Calibration routines
    • Scalable biomechanical model
    • Record and playback
    • Sync setup
    • Supports up to 4 hardware setups

    MVN Studio Pro

    MVN Studio BIOMECH includes

    • Real-time:
      • 3D animation
      • Graphs
      • Data streaming
      • Video
    • 3D Output:
      • Joint angles
      • Segment kinematics
      • Segment global positions
      • Body center of mass
      • Sensor data
    • Export formats:
      • ASCII (XML)
      • C3D
      • BVH, FBX
      • Movie (AVI, M4V)

    More MVN Studio details 15 days trial of MVN Studio

    Integration options available for:

    • Siemens PLM Software (Jack and Process Simulate Human)
    • Dassault Systems Delmia and Catia via Haption
    • ViVeTech ViVeHuman Software
    • C-Motion’s Visual 3D


    It is easy to synchronize with third party systems using the easy software interface of MVN BIOMECH and the Awinda / Sync station, which has 2 input and 2 output BNC connectors for sending TTL pulses 0-3.3V. It is expected that all industry standards accepting such TTL pulses are compatible with MVN BIOMECH. Below is a short list of tutorials which have been tried and tested:

    Xsens Synchronization with EMG Systems

    Synchronizing with Noraxon EMG
    Synchronizing with Cometa Wave EMG
    Synchronizing with Delsys Trigno EMG
    Synchronizing with TMSi EMG
    Synchronizing with BTS FREEEMG

    Xsens Synchronization with Pressure Mats

    Synchronize with GAITRite Pressure Mat

    Xsens Synchronization with Optical Systems

    Synchronize with Vicon

    Xsens Synchronization with EEG Systems

    Synchronize with ANT Neuro


    MVN BIOMECH rowing

    MVN BIOMECH ski jump

    MVN BIOMECH tennis

    Placing straps MVN Awinda

    Tutorial 1

    Putting on Lycra suit

    Tutorial 2

    Setup and calibration MVN Link

    Tutorial 3


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


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    Injury prevention system
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    Characterizing vehicle ingress and egress motion paths
    Ingress & egress adaptation
    Compare ingress and egress characteristics of individuals of varying age and body type
    Biomechanical Analysis of the drag flick
    Biomechanical hockey analysis
    Kinetic analysis has done a biomechanical analysis on the drag flick

    Published Papers

    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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