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Ford use advanced body tracking technology

Ford are now using advanced body tracking technology on their assembly line.

The vehicle manufacturing company have been trialling technology used by the world's top sport stars to help design less physically stressful workstations for their workers.

The system has been developed by Ford and the Instituto Biomec√°nica de Valencia, involving 70 employees in 21 work areas of production. The skin-tight suit consists of 15 tiny movement tracking light sensors, which are connected to a wireless detection unit. It then tracks how the person moves whilst they work, all recorded by four specialised motion-tracking cameras. It is captured as a 3D skeletal character animation of the user.

The data is then sent off to specially trained ergonomists, who use it to tell employees how best to align their posture. They can then use this to design workstations so they better fit employees.

Javier Gisbert, production area manager at Ford Valencia Engine Assembly Plant, said: "It's been proven on the sports field that with motion tracking technology, tiny adjustments to the way you move can have a huge benefit. For our employees, changes made to work areas using similar technology can ultimately ensure that, even on a long day, they are able to work comfortably."

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