Interactive 3D Articulated Skeleton

Basic Operating Instructions

This page provides a summary of the basic operations you can do with KineMan, such as how to move the skeleton or an individual joint, and how to identify bones. It also describes how to move the 'scapulo-thoracic' joint of the shoulder, which is slightly different than most other joints.

Most of these operations are also summarized in the 'Hints' panel, within the KineMan app (middle right side).

For a more in-depth explanation, please see the Tutorial page.

    Move the full skeleton:
  • Use the white sliders (immediately below or to right of the viewing area).
  • -or-
  • Deselect any selected bones/joints (see lower right).
  • Drag in viewing area, for combined spin & tilt rotations.
    Move a joint:
  • Select the joint (see below).
  • Use tinted sliders that appear to the right side.
  • -or-
  • Drag in the viewing area, for 1 or 2 axis motion. (For a 3rd axis, hold down the Alt key while dragging).
    Identify a bone:
  • Hover (don't click) the cursor over a bone or bone group.
  • The name appears in the "Pointing at" box.
    Select a joint:
  • Select from Moving joint menu.
  • -or-
  • Click on the bone distal to the joint.
    Fit skeleton to viewing area:
  • Click the Fit button.
  • (Available in KineMan Pro only)
    Deselect a joint:
  • Click on viewing area background (black).
  • -or-
  • If a bone is selected (blue), click on it.
  • -or-
  • Select 'none' from Moving joint menu.

    To move the scapulo-thoracic joint:
  1. Select a clavicle
    Select 'sterno-clavicular' (L or R) from the Moving Joint menu.

  2. Move the joint using the tinted sliders to the right
    Drag in the viewing area for combined protraction/retraction and elevation/depression.

Caveat: Not all movable human joints, or degrees of freedom thereat, are available to move in KineMan. A quick overview:

  • Hands & feet: Our Free edition excludes joints of the hands & feet. Within our Pro edition, the hand & foot joints are provided only for highly mobile degrees of freedom.
  • Thoracic vertebral & costo-vertebral joints: These are excluded from all editions of KineMan, owing to their low mobility (compared to lumbar & cervical joints).
  • Tibio-fibular: are also excluded due to low mobility (as well as lack of published ROM data, and KineMan limitations on translational motion).