Measurement

This section represents the standard workflow for recording sensor data from top to bottom. Furthermore, a detailed description of every function's settings is given.

Note:

Some optional functions may not be available, depending on your type of license.

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Connect

In order to control the sensor insoles and start recording of data, the desired sensor insoles must be connected to the software. For that purpose, the Connect Button, a so-called split button, is used:

  1. Press the lower part of the Connect Button saying 'Connect' to select a pair of sensor insoles.
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  2. A drop-down menu opens.
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  3. Please choose one of the stored sensor insole pairs.

    Note:

    It is only possible to select the sensor insoles in the drop-down menu if you paired them successfully with the system beforehand.

  4. In order to check whether the correct sensor insoles were selected, the respective information is displayed in the status bar.

  5. Press the upper part of the Connect Button to connect wirelessly to the sensor insoles.

    Note:

    The sensor insoles should be placed next to the ANT Stick to ensure proper wireless connection. Also make sure the sensor insoles are slightly shaken to wake them up from their energy saving mode.

  6. A dialog pops up indicating the progress of connection.

  7. Once the process has finished the Record screen switches to a preview mode. This can be easily recognized by pressing on one of the sensor insoles with your fingers and tracing the widgets' reaction. The Line Graph for example should show an increase of the respective total force.

Settings

By clicking on the Settings button of the Record section, you can change the settings related to the connect process. As you will see below, you cannot only manage your sensor insoles here, but also configure other hardware to be recorded synchronously with the sensor insoles.
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In the 'Connect' tab, the menu on the left hand side of the dialog holds the respective settings for insole handling, webcam recording, UDP Input of external data channels, UPD Output of sensor insole data, increasing the live modes range using the extender and firmware recovery.
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Insole

The list box shows all paired sensor insoles specified by their name, size, ID, and serial number. The four buttons at the bottom ('New', 'Edit', 'Delete', 'Firmware') are used to add, edit or delete sensor insoles and to upload the newest firmware:

Webcam

Using the webcam video option is the easiest way to include a video in your measurement. The Moticon Science Software synchronizes the video and the sensor insoles automatically while recording.

  1. Select the 'Webcam Type'.
  2. Choose one of the available webcam video resolutions.
  3. Use the 'Preview Button' to check whether the adjusted settings match your needs.
  4. To activate the webcam move the toggle box to 'On'.

You can also use the Webcam Quick Launch Button in the status bar to activate the recording of a webcam video.
webcam_quick Webcam Quick Launch Button

Note:

It is also possible to film your measurement using an external camera (not a webcam), and import and synchronize the video later on. Please refer to the video section for further information.

Recovery

The Recovery category is used if a firmware upload could not finish successfully. Press the respective button 'FW Recovery' and follow the instructions given in the dialog. The 'Diag' button is used to get detailed information of the sensor insole and its firmware.

Note:

You can only check one sensor insole at a time. Shake the insole which is to check and turn it upside down.

Zeroing

In order to prevent an offset of the pressure sensors of the sensor insole, a manual Zeroing should be carried out before starting the measurement. The left insole icon is used for the left sensor insole, and the right insole icon is used for the right one. Put the sensor insoles in your shoes and walk a couple of steps before starting the zeroing process.
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Note:

Make sure to not put any pressure on your foot when performing the zeroing. To do so, lift your foot off the ground until the dialog is automatically closed.

Settings

In addition to the manual zeroing described above, the sensor insole can perform a continuous automatic zeroing during operation. To activate and deactivate this function (it is recommended and activated by default), click on Settings at the right end of the ribbon bar, and switch to the Zeroing tab.
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With Automatic Zeroing (recommended) turned on, sensor drifts are automatically and continuously zeroed. This mode should be used for all long-term measurements.

Without automatic zeroing, sensor drifts are not compensated. This may be useful for certain short-term measurements.

If in doubt, use automatic zeroing.

Record

This function starts the data acquisition of the sensor insoles and, if configured, webcam and external devices. The measurement is started by pressing the upper part of the Record button in the ribbon bar. To stop the recording, press the button once again.
Depending on the mode you chose, either a Recording, Smart Recording or Live Capture will start:

To change the record mode, select the required option in the dropdown menu, which appears when clicking on the lower part of the Record button.
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Note:

Depending on the license type, only some of the following settings may be visible and apply to your system.

If you are interested in a video measurement, please note the following link for further information. In case you're interested in event handling, please follow this link.

Settings

To change the settings concerning the recording process, click on Settings at the right end of the ribbon bar and switch to the 'Record' tab.
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The menu on the right hand side of the dialog holds the respective settings for the recording rate and activating a timer.
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Timer

To facilitate timed measurements, a timer can be activated directly in the software. To set the timer you can either use the respective '+' and '-' buttons to set hours, minutes and seconds, or directly type in the desired values. Please note that you have to set the toggle box to 'On' first. To de-activate timed recording, set it back to 'Off'.

You can also use the Timer Quick Launch Button in the status bar to (de-)activate the timer.
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Warning:

Once the timer is activated, it is applied to every recording of sensor data. Make sure to de-activate it if you no longer wish to record a timed measurement.

Rate

For any recording mode, different sensor sample rates can be chosen: 5 Hz, 10 Hz, 25 Hz or 50 Hz.

Additionally, there are some further setups:

Download

Whenever sensor data is stored on the integrated memory of the sensor insoles (Recording, Smart Recording), you can download this data using the Download button in the ribbon bar.
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A dialog pops up indicating the download progress. As soon as the download has finished correctly, there will be a new folder in the measurement tree. Download date and time are indicated in the folder's name.

After download and successful saving of the file, use the delete button to delete the recording memory on both sensor insoles.
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Note:

Whenever a download is performed, all data stored on the sensor insoles is downloaded. Make sure to Delete former measurements if they are no longer needed, otherwise they will be downloaded again.

Settings

To change the settings concerning the download process, click on Settings at the right end of the ribbon bar and switch to the 'Download' tab.
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The list box shows two Download Modes:

  1. Wireless: This basic mode enables a wireless ANT download of recorded data from the sensor insoles.
  2. Cable: This mode is used for accelerated data transfer via USB. A special download cable plugs into the battery compartments of both sensor insoles and is connected via USB to your computer.