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NDI WAVE and NDI VOX accuracy assessment (Rebernik et al., 2021)

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posted on 2021-06-21, 23:26 authored by Teja Rebernik, Jidde Jacobi, Mark Tiede, Martijn Wieling
Purpose: This study compares two electromagnetic articulographs manufactured by Northern Digital, Inc.: the NDI Wave System (from 2008) and the NDI Vox-EMA System (from 2020).
Method: Four experiments were completed: (a) comparison of statically positioned sensors, (b) tracking dynamic movements of sensors manipulated using a motor-driven LEGO apparatus, (c) tracking small and large movements of sensors mounted in a rigid bar manipulated by hand, and (d) tracking movements of sensors rotated on a circular disc. We assessed spatial variability for statically positioned sensors, variability in the transduced Euclidean distances between sensor pairs, and missing data rates. For sensors tracking circular movements, we compared the fit between fitted ideal circles and actual trajectories.
Results: The average sensor pair tracking error (i.e., the standard deviation of the Euclidean distances) was 1.37 mm for the WAVE and 0.12 mm for the VOX during automated trials at the fastest speed, and 0.35 mm for the WAVE and 0.14 mm for the VOX during the tracking of large manual movements. The average standard deviation of the fitted circle radii charted by manual circular disc movements was 0.72 mm for the WAVE sensors and 0.14 mm for the VOX sensors. There was no significant difference between the WAVE and the VOX in the number of missing frames.
Conclusions: In general, the VOX system significantly outperformed the WAVE on measures of both static precision and dynamic accuracy (automated and manual). For both systems, positional precision and spatial variability were influenced by the sensors’ position relative to the field generator unit (worse when further away).

Supplemental Material S1. Annotated statistical analysis.

Rebernik, T., Jacobi, J., Tiede, M., & Wieling, M. (2021). Accuracy assessment of two electromagnetic articulographs: Northern Digital Inc. WAVE and Northern Digital Inc. VOX. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Advance online publication.


This study was supported by funding from the Dutch Research Organisation (N. W. O.) to Martijn Wieling (Grants 019.2011.3.110.016, 016.144.049, and PGW.19.034) and by an International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship grant to Jidde Jacobi.