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    The following are the replies to my request for information on
    forceplatform data acquisition software. Thanks to all those who



    Of course, we are quite biased as to using Kistler's BioWare system.

    I recommend you contact several people who use our system in the

    Dr. Michael Feltner @ Peperdine U
    Dr. Nelson Ng @ Slippery Rock U Phone: 01-412-738-2846
    Dr. Chuck Layne @ NASA/KRUG

    Mind you, the ISOC purchased five BioWare systems to collect data
    at their new ARCO training center in San DIego, CA. A contact there
    is Mike Shannon @ 01-619-482-6144. The ARCO Training Center has
    fifteen force plate pits to collect data from field events
    including; discus, hammer, long jump, high jump, shot, pole vault,
    sprints, distance running, javalin & archery. I might point out
    when considering BioWare to consider the Performance Module. For
    sport applications it is very useful

    Good Luck! Bob Redd Kistler Instrument, USA Biomechanics Product


    I think you are right to say it should be PC based. We have
    gathered gait analysis and EMG data on a mixed system of MAC and PC
    based systems at the School of Prosthetics and Orthotics at
    University College Salford, and are now having a lot of trouble
    converting MAC files for analysis on a PC.

    Dr Eric Powell, North Western Orthotic Unit, Hope Hospital, Salford
    telephone: (44) 0161 787 4243 FAX: (44) 0161 787 4241


    I have had limited experience using Bioware (Kistler's proprietary
    software). It seems to be pretty good; however if you use an IBM
    computer (as we do) you may experience problems. Kisler says they
    are working to solve these problems but I have seen no fixes as
    yet. The problem, as we see it, is that the Kistler software and
    the IBM boards are not fully compatible. I am not aware of any
    other problems. I just think if you use an IBM brand PC you might
    want to contact Kistler to see if they have solved the problems.
    Other PCs may perform fine with the software.

    Gene Jameson
    Research Assistant
    United States Olympic Committee
    Sport Science and Technology Division


    At the Centre for Human Sciences we have a Kistler 9281B plate
    that we use with the Peak5 system. Although we have Peak
    Performance FPA module I originally (and still do) sampled the
    force data into a CED140Plus. Originally I used Spike2 (DOS) and
    found this very accomodating in that (with a little experience and
    effort) it allowed me to tailor the analysis to my own particular
    needs. Thus I have Spike2 scripts for conventional force time
    history collection, data normalisation and averaging, force vector
    displays as well as for CofP tracking for balance studies. Using
    DOS batch files the 1401 can be configured to control force plate
    sensitivity (via digital o/p's), sample data and run your selected
    analysis script all automatically. I'll be happy to send you futher
    details if you're interested.

    My address is Dr. Mike Llewellyn
    Applied Physiology,
    Centre for Human Sciences
    Defence Research Agency
    Farnborough, Hants. GU14 6TD

    Tel 01252-394113
    Fax 01252-393865


    Here is one vote for the Kistler software. If you are just
    interested in collecting force plate data this software gives you
    alot of control and is reliable (based on experiece at the U of
    Ottawa - Canada gait lab). At our hospital we use the Ariel
    Performance Analysis System to collect force plate, EMG, and video
    with success. Once you get used to the interface, it is very fast
    to setup, review the client data, save, and setup for the next
    trial. It would be nice to have some more post processing features
    though and a function to weigh the subject before a trial.

    Ed Lemaire, MSc The Rehabilitation Centre Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    613-737-7350 x5592


    I strongly urge you to consider LabView. While it isn't a canned
    program it offers you all the tools to do data acquisition and much,
    much more. Perhaps one downside is that you probably should use
    their D/A board.

    Hope this helps.

    Barry Munkasy BMunkasy@Physics.USC.EDU University of Southern
    California Department of Exercise Science Biomechanics Laboratory PEB
    RM 107 Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652 (213) 740-2492 (W) (213) 740-7909


    I use BIOWARE the software sold by Kistler. Different modules are
    available even one called POWER to analyze jumps. The aquisition is
    fine, the analysis part is sometimes basic but it is compensated by
    the possiblity to export the raw and computed data . If you use one
    force plate you have the possibility to aquire 8 analog channels
    (+- 10V) at the same time.

    Yves BLANC Laboratoire de Cinesiologie Hopital cantonal
    Universitaire 1211 GENEVE 14 suisse Fax xx 41 22 / 37 27 799 Phone
    xx 41 22 / 37 27 827


    There is a data aquisition program that is for sell by Exeter
    Reseach in Exeter, New Hamshire, USA Their phone number is 603
    772-2505, Fax 603 772-5463

    Their address is: Exeter Research, 8 Chestnut Street, Exeter, NH 03833,


    Surf the net to

    The Ariel Performance Analysis System (APAS) has a very extensive
    analog module that incorporates software for EMG and forceplates.
    Additionally, the APAS operates from a notebook computer for portable
    applications (of course you would still require AC power for the force

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