CalTester is a laboratory quality assurance tool for validating laboratory settings of force plates, instrumented treadmill, and motion capture systems by verifying the spatial synchronization of your motion capture systems and forces.
It was originally developed for laboratory accreditation efforts because accurate and reliable kinematics and kinetics data are essential to movement analysis data in clinical and research settings.
Errors in the parameter settings or calibration measurements will lead to incorrect values for kinematic and/or kinetic variables calculated during a movement analysis.
CalTester should be used before each motion capture session to validate laboratory settings. This simple test takes only a few minutes, and should be performed prior to any data collection to provide reassurance that your data collection will be sound.
- Calculates the rod’s orientation and tip position from the force platform data and compares these measurements to the motion capture data’s orientation and position.
- The degree of agreement between these two independent measurements provides an assessment of the relevant C3D parameters.
- The resulting report can then be examined and any problems found can be corrected and documented to maintain a record of the laboratories’ status.