Lower frequencies can be used when EMG signals are not being measured. 3A; FIG. All kinds of forces can be measured with the universal HZM force-measuring device in combination with different force measuring pins - … The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of the specification, illustrate presently preferred exemplary embodiments of the invention, and, together with the general description given above and the detailed description of the preferred embodiments given below, serve to explain the principles of the invention. b) a switch sensor functionally associated with the force sensing member that generates signal when depression and release of the force sensing member occurs during performance of the repetitive motions. Regardless, the force profile may provide important feedback to the subject (or other person, such as a prospective or current employer) regarding the subject's overall state of wellness. A force can accelerate objects by pulling or pushing them. Ebullioscope a device for measuring the boiling point of a liquid. 13 is an illustration of a force measuring system which also includes means for measuring EMG. As a modulator and amplifier, an electronic device could be used the same one which is also used in the drilling measuring device, shown in. Repetitive stress injury (RSI) is a major problem facing clinicians and our society. No. How to Measure Force. curls, leg exercises) will generate sufficient force to continue their exercise until they fatigue, after which there is a decrease in the amount of force being generated. The FMS may also be used in the evaluation of strengthening devices. Methods of force measurement. a) measuring signal as a function of force produced by the body part during performance of the repetitive motions; b) measuring signal as a function of force effects on the force sensing member during performance of the repetitive motions; c) converting the signal from step a) to a force production profile; and. Affective computing assumes that the way a person hits a key may not only reflect physiological forces but also an emotional component. The DCAT models. For example, force sensors may be included in buttons of the game controllers, and data from the force sensors can be processed by the computer to evaluate how the person is playing in terms of the characteristics (e.g. The FMS is not limited to keyboards, joysticks or a mouse but can be used in conjunction with any mechanical system that involves repetitive motor movements such as the fingers twisting a boll or putting objects into specific locations. The present invention relates to a device and method for measuring force, primarily due to fatigue. The FMS is similar in that it allows the user or the clinician to ascertain the amount of time a person can maintain a given force while conducting repetitive finger movements. We have constructed an edge device from a 250-microm-thick lead foil laminated between two thin slabs of acrylic. Graphical representations of the force production profile include force peak, width, and area for all fingers. protocols for calibrating sensors, Operational features of calibration, e.g. SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION, CALIFORNIA, Free format text: In preferred applications, the key output measure is the force produced by the fingers. In an alternate embodiment of the FMS depicted in FIG. of force that they apply to certain buttons during the game. United States Patent 7152475 . The present invention differs from the teachings of Krugman and Barker, in that both of these patents relate to the detection of excessive force, whereas the present invention relates primarily to the detection of decreased force characteristic of fatigue. No. Evaluating a person's force profile as described herein may be used before employment, and would serve as a benchmark in the event that the employee subsequently develops RSI or alleges that they do. • a) Direct Method: In this, direct measurements are made which results from the displacement caused by the action of pressure. mice, trackballs, pens or joysticks; Accessories therefor, Pointing devices displaced or positioned by the user, e.g. Force Transducers and Force Measurement. Devices used in this method are Bourdon tubes, flat and corrugated- diaphragms, capsules and various forms of manometers. An alternative method for determining the MTF uses a sharp, attenuating edge device. The invention may further provide a keyboard (regular or ergonomic) as the housing for the force sensing member of the combined hardware/software system. At present, all repetitive stress injuries are considered similar. Measurements of the force profile before and after clinical treatment for CTS or any other RSI may be an objective measurement of the efficacy of clinical interventions. using keyboards or dials, Constructional details or processes of manufacture of the input device, Detecting, measuring or recording for diagnostic purposes; Identification of persons, Detecting, measuring or recording devices for testing the shape, pattern, colour, size or movement of the body or parts thereof, for diagnostic purposes, Measuring movement of the entire body or parts thereof, e.g. A sliding vibration isolation system, affected by a kinetic friction force, provides a flexible or energy dissipation system for a structure. Four-terminal sensing (4T sensing), 4-wire sensing, or 4-point probes See FIG. 3A; FIG. The force data is used to trigger auditory warning signals if the force exceeds a certain threshold level. Indeed, the FMS when correlated with EMG signals may be used to further evaluate the force produced and the onset of fatigue during any repetitive motions. 11 graphically depicts the force production profile (solid line) superimposed with the force effect profile (dotted apparatus line) generated using the depicted in FIG. See also thermal analysis, Heat. The present invention relates to a device and method for measuring force, primarily due to fatigue. In one embodiment of the present invention an apparatus such as the one depicted in FIG. All publications, patents, and patent applications cited in this specification are incorporated herein by reference as if each such publication, patent, or patent application was specifically and individually indicated to be incorporated herein by reference. Thus, the prime time to protect persons from RSI is during the time when the muscles are becoming fatigued. For isotonic-type testing, electrodes are attached to a muscle being studied and the test subject is instructed to perform multiple cycles of repetitive motions with that muscle. Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) is a general term that describes the consequences o f repetitive activity, usually of the fingers, wrist, elbow or shoulder resulting in numbness, pain and an inability to work productively. The direct method of torque measurement offers many technological advantages. Because of the importance of avoiding muscle fatigue, there is a general need to provide techniques and systems for monitoring the onset of fatigue. 1, but the end result of finger activation is force produced by the fingers. In one embodiment, a finger fatigue measuring system is provided which measures the force output from fingers while the fingers are repetitively generating forces as the strike a keyboard. In one embodiment, a finger fatigue measuring system is provided which measures the force output from fingers while the fingers are repetitively generating forces as they strike a keyboard. a) a force sensor functionally associated with the force sensing member that generates signal characteristic of force produced by the body part and transmitted to the force sensing member during performance of the repetitive motions; and. In any event, the object of the present invention is to avoid fatigue. The flange technology developed by HBM is characterized by an extremely short design … An increase in the slope of EMG signal amplitude or a decrease in the median frequency of the EMG signal are considered to be objective signs of fatigue, and these objective signs may be correlated with various characteristics of the force profile that are measured using the FMS, including but not limited to: slope, intercept, start and end of the signal, percentage change between the start and end of the signal, the total time of the repetitive motion and the ratio between the percentage change divided by the total time. FIG. As such, the keys serve to function as the input devices referred to herein as âforce sensing membersâ of the apparatus. Presently, systems are being developed to monitor, inter alia, heart rate, blood pressure and sweat rate while persons operate a computer to get an indirect reflection of their emotional state. In Eskelinen, U.S. Pat. It would be realized that other devices, such as musical instruments or sporting equipment, could easily be adapted to include other types of force sensing members. In a broad sense, load cells and force-sensitive resistors (like FlexiForce touch sensors) are the two most common methods. Although the present invention has been described in substantial detail with reference to one or more specific embodiments, those of skill in the art will recognize that changes may be made to the embodiments specifically disclosed in this application, yet these modifications and improvements are within the scope and spirit of the invention as set forth in the claims which follow. After setting the target force level, the subject is prompted to depress each key repetitively in a particular rhythm established either by the subject or externally for a period of time. patents-wipo. measuring device, concerning the vertical force measuring, named F z. See also thermal analysis, Heat. drivers or device-embedded control circuitry, Signal control means within the pointing device, Constructional details of operational features of apparatus; Accessories for medical measuring apparatus, Operational features of calibration, e.g. As a person fatigues while performing repetitive finger motions, EMG signal amplitude from the muscles (which can be measured in terms of root mean square (RMS)), tends to increase while the time it takes to perform the motion tends to decrease. The kinetic friction coefficient of the contact surfaces between the moving parts changes with the relative moving velocity of the two contact surfaces. 2017-210698, filed Oct. 31, 2017, the content of which is incorporated herein by reference. 2 represents sample EMG outputs of a subject performing repetitive motions. In addition, once a clinical intervention has occurred, the onset of fatigue should be increased over that of the pre-treatment condition. The testing device is required for measuring force in three directions, and ranges of the force in the three directions are similar, and are of ten-thousand Newton classes. Our strain gauge shear pins are extensively used for force measurement in lifting systems and suspended or rotating machines. The present invention relates to a device and method for measuring force, primarily due to fatigue. depressed or released) during application of the force via the key switches, or âswitch sensorsâ. Inside the ring there is a screw attached to a dial with measurements on it and a plate that vibrates after being struck with something. Watch Queue Queue To prevent this, there is a number of standards, which define force limits and measuring methods. The FMS according to one embodiment of the invention is illustrated in FIG. effect measuring the amount of friction being generated by the mating surfaces in the joint and as the clampload is increased so is the torque This feedback would act to minimize RSI caused by the generation of excessive force after the onset of fatigue. FIG. Perfect Force Testing on Point-Setting Systems. A force measuring device and method for determining a force required to move a cart. In addition to the aforementioned applications, the present invention can be adopted to provide âbiofeedbackâ information to the subject by displaying either or both type(s) of force profile(s) on a video monitor, which the subject would then be expected to react to by changing their application of force to the force sensing apparatus. 1 is a schematic diagram illustrating the basic elements of a person's arm that work together to generate finger forces; FIG.  The invention relates generally to a device and method for measuring force, primarily as a function of fatigue, and more particularly to a device and method for monitoring a specific body part of a person for fatigue by measuring and evaluating the forces generated by that body part as it performs a series of sequential or repetitive motions. 12 is an illustration of a force measuring system incorporated into a personal computer system that includes a mouse and joystick; and. A device is presented to measure the range of independence, and the force transfers between the deep flexor tendons of different fingers. b) converting the signal to a force effect profile, wherein said force effect profile reflects frequency or overlap or both frequency and overlap of said repetitive motions. In addition, the FMS may be used as an important pre-employment tool. Device and method for diagnosing a disorder. In addition, in medical fields such as physical therapy or occupational therapy, mechanical devices are used to evaluate and/or increase the strength or dexterity of the subject. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. A “free hand” real-time-ultrasound method is commonly applied to measure transversus abdominis. 4, a force sensor like the one used for the key switches, FIG. ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST (SEE DOCUMENT FOR DETAILS). The devices are made using a ring of metal with a spring-like consistency. The torque signal is determined through direct torque measurement in the drive train.Normally, torque flanges are used for contactless measurement, for example, the T12 digital torque transducer or T40B from HBM.. Device and method for measuring axial force of bolt . The latter can be used in conjunction with other physiological signatures or biometrics, such as voice recognition, for âfingerprintingâ an individual. mice, trackballs, pens or joysticks; Accessories therefor with detection of 2D relative movements between the device, or an operating part thereof, and a plane or surface, e.g. patents-wipo. 5,745,376, the force that a user applies to a keyboard is measured. This system may also be coupled to the measurement of EMG signals recorded from the forearm and/or finger muscles that move the finger, so that the change in amplitude of the EMG signals may be correlated with the onset of finger fatigue. Other applications include the following: measuring the change in force one generates when standing on a mat as an indication that the person is fatigued and should sit down; measuring the change of force applied by the wrist to a wrist pad or by the forearm to an armchair when typing as an indicator of fatigue; measuring the change of force while using power tools for industrial safety in setting limits on the time period that the tools can be used to prevent fatigue-related accidents; and biometric applications involving use of the force profiles for identifying individuals or classes of individuals with similar profiles. The apparatus is set to sample signals at a given frequency. Continue… Scientists and engineers often use proving rings as a way to measure force. The conventional treadmill allows for a specific amount of work to be done until the person tires. It should be understood that as used herein, the term âkeys or buttonsâ contemplates other apparatus configurations as well, such as levers, switches, knobs, etc. The force generating device is connected to the load member and moves the load member toward or away from the cart so as to apply pushing or pulling forces to the cart. The present invention relates to a force measurement method, a force measurement device, a force measurement system, a force measurement program, and a recording medium. The same apparatus can be used to evaluate both impaired and normal subjects. It shows an ergonomic keyboard, The FMS illustrated in FIG. PATENT EXPIRED DUE TO NONPAYMENT OF MAINTENANCE FEES UNDER 37 CFR 1.362. 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