3D-mechanomyography: Accessing deeper muscle information non-invasively for human-machine interfacing

C. Sebastian Mancero Castillo, S. Farokh Atashzar, Ravi Vaidyanathan

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Abstract

Various findings on the study of mechanomyography (MMG) have emphasized the importance of contact force between the sensor and the skin in the evaluation of MMG activity. Although these studies suggest that contact pressure may have some overall alteration on the quality of MMG signal, they do not provide insight about how to use different pressure levels to extract more useful information regarding human motor intent. In this paper, we detail the design of a custom-made MMG sensor, which allows for systematic evaluation of different levels of contact force between the sensor and the skin. We use 3 increasing levels of force to evaluate the classification of 6 different hand gestures (Flexion, Extension, Pronation, Supination, Adduction, Abduction). Four MMG channels were positioned around the forearm and placed over the flexor carpi radialis muscle, brachioradialis muscle, extensor digitorum muscle, and flexor carpi ulnaris muscle. A total of 252 spectrotemporal features were extracted and used to train a linear support vector machine (SVM). The average classification accuracies for the 3 increasing levels of contact force for all the participants are 57.68%, 57.31%, 65.27%, respectively. Our preliminary results show that contact pressure has a clear effect on the discriminability power of MMG signals. As shown in the results, the classification performance tends to increase as the contact pressure increases; however, further experiments are required to quantify the extent of this effect during static and dynamic actions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2020 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1458-1463
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728167947
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020
Event2020 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2020 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jul 6 2020Jul 9 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
Volume2020-July

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2020
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period7/6/207/9/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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