Portable Motion Tracking System for Classrooms

Portable Motion Tracking System for Classrooms

Problem Statement

This project investigates how to design a motion tracking system that can be used to support learning in the elementary school classroom. Key challenges include the simultaneous movement capture of both children and objects, a non-intrusive system suitable for the classroom environment, and cost-effectiveness.

We are also investigating puppet-based tracking systems, as a different approach where the children enact through a puppet. The goal is to identify which performs better to support storytelling: the puppet system or full-body enactment.

Proposed Approach

  • Use of colored or infrared LEDs as markers
  • Fusion of two or more Kinects at different angles
  • Integration of Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) with markers to improve the vision tracking
  • Comparison of portable systems with higher-end less portable systems (e.g., OptiTrack) for classroom use
  • Using deep learning for tracking and categorizing objects for marker-less tracking
  • Capturing emotion by facial expression and speech, for more expressive enactment animation

Project Team Members


  • Dr. Francis Quek (College of Architecture, Texas A&M University)
  • Niloofar Zarei (Ph.D. Student, Texas A&M University)