Carnegie Mellon University
An Analysis of the Human Odometer

Uland Wong, Catherine Lyons, and Scott Thayer
tech. report CMU-RI-TR-05-47, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, October, 2005

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The Human Odometer is a personal navigation system developed to provide reliable, lightweight, cost-effective, and embedded absolute 3-D position and communication to firefighters, policemen, EMTs, and dismounted soldiers. The goal of the system is to maintain accurate position information without reliance on external references. The Human Odometer system provides real-time position updates and displays maps of relevant areas are to the user on a handheld computer. The system is designed to help a user place himself in a global context and navigate unknown areas under a variety of conditions. This paper provides a quantitative analysis of the in-field operational performance of the system.

localization, pedometry, step sensing, human odometer, personal navigation system, gps, sensor fusion

Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Software Systems Group
Associated Project(s): Human Odometer
Number of pages: 51

Text Reference
Uland Wong, Catherine Lyons, and Scott Thayer, "An Analysis of the Human Odometer," tech. report CMU-RI-TR-05-47, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, October, 2005

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Uland Wong and Catherine Lyons and Scott Thayer",
   title = "An Analysis of the Human Odometer",
   booktitle = "",
   institution = "Robotics Institute",
   month = "October",
   year = "2005",
   number= "CMU-RI-TR-05-47",
   address= "Pittsburgh, PA",