TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BALANCE -ANALYZING STICK BALANCING

  • M. Vieten
Keywords: balancing, movement pattern, motion analysis, stability, correlations

Abstract

In this study stick balancing serves as a role model for more demanding balancing tasks. The purpose is to detect the movement parameters important for stick balancing and their interrelations. Two tilt angles were defined and the relations with the stick coordinates and their derivations analyzed. The correlation between tilt angle and acceleration of the lower coordinate, the angular velocity and the same acceleration of the lower coordinate proved to be the most important relations. The relations were identified to serve as a guideline for establishing a computer simulation of stick balancing which is presented in a separate study. Four parameters were identified and the values determined for comparison with the results of a computer simulation.