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.
Some optional functions may not be available, depending on your type of license.
What are you looking for?¶
- Connect sensor insoles or Connect Settings
- Perform zeroing of sensor insoles or Zeroing Settings
- Record a measurement or Record Settings
- Download sensor data or Download Settings
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:
- Press the lower part of the Connect Button saying 'Connect' to
select a pair of sensor insoles.
A drop-down menu opens.
Please choose one of the stored sensor insole pairs.
It is only possible to select the sensor insoles in the drop-down menu if you paired them successfully with the system beforehand.
In order to check whether the correct sensor insoles were selected, the respective information is displayed in the status bar.
Press the upper part of the Connect Button to connect wirelessly to the sensor insoles.
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.
A dialog pops up indicating the progress of connection.
- 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.
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.
In the 'Connect' tab, the menu on the left hand side of the dialog holds
the respective settings for
UDP Input of external data channels,
UPD Output of sensor insole data,
increasing the live modes range using the extender and
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:
- If you are not familiar with the sensor insole pairing process, please have a look here.
- 'Edit' will open the same dialog you already know from pairing to enable changes.
- 'Delete' will remove the sensor insoles selected in the list box.
- Press the 'Firmware' button in case the Moticon Science Software requests an update of the sensor insole firmware. In case you are unsure how to proceed, please have a look at the respective firmware update section in this documentation.
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.
- Select the 'Webcam Type'.
- Choose one of the available webcam video resolutions.
- Use the 'Preview Button' to check whether the adjusted settings match your needs.
- 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 Launch Button
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.
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.
You can only check one sensor insole at a time. Shake the insole which is to check and turn it upside down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
This mode enables your sensor insoles to store sensor data directly on the
integrated memory. Data acquisition becomes fully independent of external
devices and the range of action extends endlessly.
- Smart Recording (add-on capability):
This is an intelligent recording mode for longterm measurements up to 4 weeks.
Recording is only triggered if there is significant load on the sensor insole.
To keep the sensor insoles synchronized over time, they exchange time sync
Live Capture: This is the basic operation mode for sensor data acquisition. The data is streamed wirelessly and in realtime to an ANT enabled PC or other client (e.g. tablet). It can be used to generate direct feedback.
Using Live Capture mode may cause loss of sensor data due to the realtime transmission. To generate a valid recording of sensor data, we recommend to use Recording or Smart Recording mode.
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.
Depending on the license type, only some of the following settings may be visible and apply to your system.
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.
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.
Timer Quick Launch Button
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.
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:
- 100 Hz Selected Sensors:
Reduced sensor setup with only half of the sensors, which you can arbitrarily
combine (100 Hz).
- 20Hz TF COP ACC (add-on capability):
Records the total force, the COP, and the acceleration value in
anterior-posterior axis (20 Hz).
- 10Hz PW (Partial Weight) (add-on capability):
Records the total force, 4 sensor clusters, and the COP (10 Hz).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The list box shows two Download Modes:
- Wireless: This basic mode enables a wireless ANT download of recorded data from the sensor insoles.
- 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.