The AnyBody Modeling System™ is a software system for simulation of human movement. It can model smaller or larger subsets of the musculo-skeletal system (or the entire body) and compute muscle forces, joint reactions, metabolism, mechanical work, efficiency, etc. for given movements.
Any property of the AnyBody™ model is parametric, and the system can be used for optimization of movement patterns, working positions, anthropometric data, boundary conditions etc.
Technically, the system is characterized by the following properties: * It uses an optimization technique to solve the muscle recruitment problem and reverses this by means of other optimization techniques so that forward dynamics problems can also be treated. * It handles static and dynamic models. * Models are fully three-dimensional. * It runs on the MS Windows platform. * It handles very large models on small computers. It is entirely feasible to analyse a model with several hundreds of muscles on an ordinary PC. * Models are developed in the body modeling language AnyScript™.
The AnyBody Modeling System™ is self-contained. It does not build on top of any other platform or require any additional software to be installed.
The Balance Model
The AnyBody Modeling System™ can automatically ensure that the body maintains balance. In this example, the model is carrying a rucksack with a weight of 20 kg. The model first extends the back and subsequently the center of mass of the rucksack is gradually moved 20 centimeters away from the body. The video shows how the body posture accomodates the changed weight distribution.