MuscleVR: Detecting muscle shape deformation using a full body suit

Arashi Shimazaki, Yuta Sugiura, Dan Mikami, Toshitaka Kimura, Maki Sugimoto

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The research proposes a full body suit to detect muscle shape deformations. The suit consists of a stretchable sensor composed of a photo reflector (made up of a photo transistor and an infrared(IR) LED) and a spring. The photoreflector is embedded in the spring. When the spring is not stretched, the emitted IR light will reflect back to the phototransistor. However, when the spring is stretched, some of the emitted IR light can flow out through the aperture of the spring, reducing the light reflecting back to the transistor. Therefore, the more the spring is stretched, the less the amount of light would be detected. Here, a virtual reality(VR) system that can synchronize avatar bodies with users' muscle shape deformations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2017
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450348355
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 16
Event8th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2017 - Mountain View, Silicon Valley, United States
Duration: 2017 Mar 162017 Mar 18

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other8th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMountain View, Silicon Valley


  • Muscle shape deformation
  • Phototransistor
  • Spring
  • Stretchable sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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