Michelle Cortese

Digitizing Facial Movement During Singing: Final Steps

by Michelle Cortese on April 16, 2013

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Biomechanics and Baseball

by Michelle Cortese on April 3, 2013

Meanwhile in Canada … In celebration of RA Dickey’s addition to the Toronto Blue Jays and the Jay’s home opener this week, Discovery Canada show Daily Planet motion captured and analyzed the biomechanics of Dickey’s primary (and weeeeeiiiiiirdddd) pitch, the knuckleball. VIDEO more…

Digitizing Facial Movement During Singing : Build Progress

by Michelle Cortese on April 1, 2013

This week we focused primarily on gathering our remaining pieces (electrodes, missing chips) and entered round one of the build of physical parts of the testing apparatus—facial geometry element is ready. We had a bit of trouble getting just the right stuff (one of our circuit chips was not available for order and the BMP085 […] more…

Digitizing Facial Movement During Singing

by Michelle Cortese on March 25, 2013

Digitizing Facial Movement During Singing : Prototype We will be using a three-part apparatus for tracking facial movements during simple singing: a barometric pressure sensor to monitor airflow, electromyography (EMGs) to monitor extrinsic facial muscles and a camera to track facial movement. While this data feeds in we will be manually recording fluctuations at different […] more…

Fun Stuff: Reddit and Biomechanics

by Michelle Cortese on March 5, 2013

Stellar thread from the front page yesterday: If you were task to redesign the human body, What would you change? There’s actually some super interesting biomechanics musings. more…

FitBit Vis

by Michelle Cortese on March 4, 2013

FitBit data visualization for Michelle, Mike and Nadine, steps per day: AVERAGE STRIDE LENGTH: 5.83AVERAGE CALORIES PER STRIDE: 10.45 more…

Trollin’ for Biomechanics topics

by Michelle Cortese on February 26, 2013

I’ve narrowed down (tough, it was) my research options to the following three options: 1) Taking on and readdressing Formosa’s “tools for women” effort. Why? Because a closest friend of mine is an OB/gyn (specializing in providing abortions in rural regions normally lacking in such resources) and despite Formosa’s arguments about small women and large […] more…

Open Access for Government Research

by Michelle Cortese on February 24, 2013

Before posting my research from this week, I really wanted to share this (as scholarly journal accessibility/exclusivity has been a fairly popular topic in class): White House directs open access for government research Annnd Friday’s Office of Science and Technology Policy statement: Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research more…

We made it! It’s better! Buy it!

by Michelle Cortese on February 19, 2013

It seems obvious—via the quantitative results of Figures 5 and 6—that Syringe R requires less newtons of isometric force to be exerted on the plunger. AWESOME. WIN. IT WORKS. But are we supposed to consider that the end? The cure? I read through this article with tinges of skepticism. First, this is essentially an advertisement, […] more…

Joint Color Tracker

by Michelle Cortese on February 11, 2013

A cluster of circle that are attracted to an on-screen color, in this case, red (calibration to color via my lipstick because it was the easiest thing to smear on my face contrast to my green-ish surroundings). The idea was to track acceleration and drag in the elbow joint’s extension. If a color is left […] more…