In December, 2006 Qualisys is going to participate in a very ambitious and fun set of experiments performed by scientists from the Structure and Motion Laboratory at RVC, England.
The researches plan to measure rotational joint movements of elephants ‘running’ at top speed through a special tunnel equipped with a 9 ProReflex high-speed IR cameras, EMG and an 8 meter long and 2 meter wide set of force platforms. Some of the experiments will be held outdoors with only a few minor arrangements to minimize the sunlight interference.
The new BBSRC-funded project at RVC should resolve once and for all whether elephants really can run (in a biomechanical sense, bounce); and reveal the major constraints on their speed and gait. The computer models are also being used to characterize precisely how limb structure relates to locomotion, and how they are able to support such enormous weights. The experiment is also set to get coverage by some international press – such as BBC, National Geographic, CNN or similar.