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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212348/an-electromagnetic-sensor-for-the-autonomous-running-of-visually-impaired-and-blind-athletes-part-ii-the-wearable-device
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Marco Pieralisi, Valentina Di Mattia, Valerio Petrini, Alfredo De Leo, Giovanni Manfredi, Paola Russo, Lorenzo Scalise, Graziano Cerri
Currently, the availability of technology developed to increase the autonomy of visually impaired athletes during sports is limited. The research proposed in this paper (Part I and Part II) focuses on the realization of an electromagnetic system that can guide a blind runner along a race track without the need for a sighted guide. In general, the system is composed of a transmitting unit (widely described in Part I) and a receiving unit, whose components and main features are described in this paper. Special attention is paid to the definition of an electromagnetic model able to faithfully represent the physical mechanisms of interaction between the two units, as well as between the receiving magnetic sensor and the body of the user wearing the device...
February 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212327/a-robust-random-forest-based-approach-for-heart-rate-monitoring-using-photoplethysmography-signal-contaminated-by-intense-motion-artifacts
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Yalan Ye, Wenwen He, Yunfei Cheng, Wenxia Huang, Zhilin Zhang
The estimation of heart rate (HR) based on wearable devices is of interest in fitness. Photoplethysmography (PPG) is a promising approach to estimate HR due to low cost; however, it is easily corrupted by motion artifacts (MA). In this work, a robust approach based on random forest is proposed for accurately estimating HR from the photoplethysmography signal contaminated by intense motion artifacts, consisting of two stages. Stage 1 proposes a hybrid method to effectively remove MA with a low computation complexity, where two MA removal algorithms are combined by an accurate binary decision algorithm whose aim is to decide whether or not to adopt the second MA removal algorithm...
February 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212076/selecting-power-efficient-signal-features-for-a-low-power-fall-detector
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Changhong Wang, Stephen Redmond, Wei Lu, Michael Stevens, Stephen Lord, Nigel Lovell
Falls are a serious threat to the health of older people. A wearable fall detector can automatically detect the occurrence of a fall and alert a caregiver or an emergency response service so they may deliver immediate assistance, improving the chances of recovering from fall-related injuries. One constraint of such a wearable technology is its limited battery life. Thus, minimization of power consumption is an important design concern, all the while maintaining satisfactory accuracy of the fall detection algorithms implemented on the wearable device...
February 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208839/interventions-for-preventing-childhood-obesity-with-smartphones-and-wearable-device-a-protocol-for-a-non-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hye Jung Yang, Jae-Heon Kang, Ok Hyun Kim, Mona Choi, Myungju Oh, Jihyun Nam, Eunju Sung
BACKGROUND: Childhood obesity is a critical health issue, both currently and for the foreseeable future. To prevent obesity, behavior changes are essential. Smartphones can be a good tool, as the number of child smartphone users is rapidly increasing. We have developed a mobile platform system named "HAPPY ME," which is a smartphone application coupled with a wearable device, designed to improve healthy behaviors to prevent childhood obesity. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of obesity prevention among children 10-12 years of age using HAPPY ME...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207670/feasibility-study-of-utilization-of-action-camera-gopro-hero-4-google-glass-and-panasonic-hx-a100-in-spine-surgery
#5
Chang Kyu Lee, Youngjun Kim, Nam Lee, Byeongwoo Kim, Doyoung Kim, Seong Yi
STUDY DESIGN: Study for feasibility of commercially available action cameras in recording video of spine. OBJECTIVE: Recent innovation of the wearable action camera with high-definition video recording enables surgeons to use camera in the operation at ease without high costs. The purpose of this study is to compare the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of commercially available action cameras in recording video of spine surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: There are early reports of medical professionals using Google Glass throughout the hospital, Panasonic HX-A100 action camera, and GoPro...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203074/temperature-and-ph-sensitive-wearable-materials-for-monitoring-foot-ulcers
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Pietro Salvo, Nicola Calisi, Bernardo Melai, Valentina Dini, Clara Paoletti, Tommaso Lomonaco, Andrea Pucci, Fabio Di Francesco, Alberto Piaggesi, Marco Romanelli
Foot ulcers account for 15% of comorbidities associated with diabetes. Presently, no device allows the status of foot ulcers to be continuously monitored when patients are not hospitalized. In this study, we describe a temperature and a pH sensor capable of monitoring diabetic foot and venous leg ulcers developed in the frame of the seventh framework program European Union project SWAN-iCare (smart wearable and autonomous negative pressure device for wound monitoring and therapy). Temperature is measured by exploiting the variations in the electrical resistance of a nanocomposite consisting of multiwalled carbon nanotubes and poly(styrene-b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-styrene)...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199222/liquid-crystals-in-micron-scale-droplets-shells-and-fibers
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Martin Urbanski, Catherine G Reyes, JungHyun Noh, Anshul Sharma, Yong Geng, Venkata Subba Rao Jampani, Jan P F Lagerwall
The extraordinary responsiveness and large diversity of self-assembled structures of liquid crystals are well documented and they have been extensively used in devices like displays. For long, this application route strongly influenced academic research, which frequently focused on the performance of liquid crystals in display-like geometries, typically between flat, rigid substrates of glass or similar solids. Today a new trend is clearly visible, where liquid crystals confined within curved, often soft and flexible, interfaces are in focus...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197585/highly-flexible-transparent-and-conducting-cus-nanosheet-networks-for-flexible-quantum-dot-solar-cells
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Zijie Xu, Teng Li, Fayin Zhang, Xiaodan Hong, Shuyao Xie, Meidan Ye, Wenxi Guo, Xiangyang Liu
The rapid development of modern electronics has given rise to a higher demand for flexible and wearable energy sources. Flexible transparent conducting electrodes (TCEs) are one of the essential components of flexible/wearable thin-film solar cells (SCs). In this regard, we present highly transparent and conducting CuS-nanosheet (NS) networks with an optimized sheet resistance (Rs) as low as 50 Ω sq(-1) at 85% transmittance as a counter electrode (CE) for flexible quantum-dot solar cells (QDSCs). The CuS NS network electrode exhibits remarkable mechanical flexibility under bending tests compared to traditional ITO/plastic substrates and sputtered CuS films...
February 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197582/wearable-microfluidics-fabric-based-digital-droplet-flowmetry-for-perspiration-analysis
#9
Yahui Yang, Siyuan Xing, Zecong Fang, Ruya Li, Helen Koo, Tingrui Pan
The latest development in wearable technologies has attracted much attention. In particular, collection and analysis of body fluids has been a focus. In this paper, we have reported a wearable microfluidic platform made using conventional fabric materials and laser micromachining to measure the flow rate on a patterned fabric surface, referred to as digital droplet flowmetry (DDF). The proposed wearable DDF is capable of collecting and measuring continuous perspiration with high precision (96% on average) in a real-time fashion over a defined area of skin...
February 15, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196190/wearable-recording-devices-for-surgical-training
#10
George Shorten, Eugene Dempsey, Karthikeyan Kallidaikurichi Srinivasan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196185/wearable-recording-devices-for-surgical-training-reply
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H Randall Beard, Alejandro J Marquez-Lara, Kamran S Hamid
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195075/stretchable-array-of-metal-nanodisks-on-a-3d-sinusoidal-wavy-elastomeric-substrate-for-frequency-tunable-plasmonics
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Di Feng, Hui Zhang, Siyi Xu, Limei Tian, Ningfang Song
Metal nanostructures integrated with soft, elastomeric substrates provide an unusual platform with capabilities in plasmonic frequency tuning of mechanical strain. In this paper, we have prepared a tunable optical device, dense arrays of plasmonic nanodisks on a low-modulus, and high-elongation elastomeric substrate with a three-dimensional (3D) sinusoidal wavy, and their optical characteristics have been measured and analyzed in detail. Since surface plasmon is located and propagates along metal surfaces with sub-wavelength structures, and those dispersive properties are determined by the coupling strength between the individual structures, in this study, a 3D sinusoidal curve elastomeric substrate is used to mechanically control the inter-nanodisk spacing by applying straining and creating a frequency tunable plasmonic device...
February 14, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193871/optimizing-virtual-reality-for-all-users-through-gaze-contingent-and-adaptive-focus-displays
#13
Nitish Padmanaban, Robert Konrad, Tal Stramer, Emily A Cooper, Gordon Wetzstein
From the desktop to the laptop to the mobile device, personal computing platforms evolve over time. Moving forward, wearable computing is widely expected to be integral to consumer electronics and beyond. The primary interface between a wearable computer and a user is often a near-eye display. However, current generation near-eye displays suffer from multiple limitations: they are unable to provide fully natural visual cues and comfortable viewing experiences for all users. At their core, many of the issues with near-eye displays are caused by limitations in conventional optics...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193033/wearable-potentiometric-chloride-sweat-sensor-the-critical-role-of-the-salt-bridge
#14
Dong-Hoon Choi, Jin Seob Kim, Garry R Cutting, Peter C Searson
The components of sweat provide an array of potential biomarkers for health and disease. Sweat chloride is of interest as a biomarker for cystic fibrosis, electrolyte metabolism disorders, electrolyte balance, and electrolyte loss during exercise. Developing wearable sensors for biomarkers in sweat is a major technological challenge. Potentiometric sensors provide a relatively simple technology for on-body sweat chloride measurement, however, equilibration between reference and test solutions has limited the time over which accurate measurements can be made...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190507/best-practices-in-early-phase-medical-device-development-engineering-prototyping-and-the-beginnings-of-a-quality-management-system
#15
Kristy Fearis, Aidan Petrie
Kristy Fearis is the founder and president of KPConsulting. She has held various positions in the medical device and research industry. She has led programs for medical industry leaders Medtronic, Edward Lifesciences, and Kimberly-Clark Healthcare to develop and commercialize Class II and III devices. Although a true quality management systems specialist at heart, Kristy has a passion for effectively and efficiently applying quality systems principles to early stage development to maximize benefit while minimizing impact on resources and time to market...
March 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188473/outpatient-treatment-with-the-wearable-cardioverter-defibrillator-clinical-experience-in-two-dutch-centres
#16
A F B E Quast, V F van Dijk, A A M Wilde, R E Knops, L V A Boersma
INTRODUCTION: The latest European Society of Cardiology Guidelines recommend consideration of a wearable cardioverter-defibrillator (WCD) for patients with a poor left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) who are at risk of sudden arrhythmic death but are not eligible for an implantable defibrillator. For these patients a WCD can be an alternative to long-term hospitalisation. PURPOSE: To evaluate the use of WCD therapy in these patient groups in two Dutch centres...
February 10, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186420/driving-while-interacting-with-google-glass
#17
Kathryn G Tippey, Elayaraj Sivaraj, Thomas K Ferris
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the individual and combined effects of voice (vs. manual) input and head-up (vs. head-down) display in a driving and device interaction task. BACKGROUND: Advances in wearable technology offer new possibilities for in-vehicle interaction but also present new challenges for managing driver attention and regulating device usage in vehicles. This research investigated how driving performance is affected by interface characteristics of devices used for concurrent secondary tasks...
February 1, 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182731/assessment-of-feedback-modalities-for-wearable-visual-aids-in-blind-mobility
#18
Aminat Adebiyi, Paige Sorrentino, Shadi Bohlool, Carey Zhang, Mort Arditti, Gregory Goodrich, James D Weiland
Sensory substitution devices engage sensory modalities other than vision to communicate information typically obtained through the sense of sight. In this paper, we examine the ability of subjects who are blind to follow simple verbal and vibrotactile commands that allow them to navigate a complex path. A total of eleven visually impaired subjects were enrolled in the study. Prototype systems were developed to deliver verbal and vibrotactile commands to allow an investigator to guide a subject through a course...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181075/harnessing-the-potential-of-wearable-activity-trackers-for-heart-failure-self-care
#19
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Muaddi Alharbi, Nicola Straiton, Robyn Gallagher
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study was to explore the potential of wearable activity trackers to promote self-care management for physical activity in heart failure (HF). RECENT FINDINGS: Exercise participation decreases hospital admissions and improves quality of life in HF, and activity tracking devices provide more precise means to assess free-living physical activity and thus enable tailored exercise instruction. Use of activity trackers by cardiac patients for self-monitoring and motivational purposes is associated with increased levels of physical activity and is predictive of disease severity...
February 8, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178288/monitoring-gait-in-multiple-sclerosis-with-novel-wearable-motion-sensors
#20
Yaejin Moon, Ryan S McGinnis, Kirsten Seagers, Robert W Motl, Nirav Sheth, John A Wright, Roozbeh Ghaffari, Jacob J Sosnoff
BACKGROUND: Mobility impairment is common in people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) and there is a need to assess mobility in remote settings. Here, we apply a novel wireless, skin-mounted, and conformal inertial sensor (BioStampRC, MC10 Inc.) to examine gait characteristics of PwMS under controlled conditions. We determine the accuracy and precision of BioStampRC in measuring gait kinematics by comparing to contemporary research-grade measurement devices. METHODS: A total of 45 PwMS, who presented with diverse walking impairment (Mild MS = 15, Moderate MS = 15, Severe MS = 15), and 15 healthy control subjects participated in the study...
2017: PloS One
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