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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335475/mobile-health-applications-to-promote-active-and-healthy-ageing
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Jorunn L Helbostad, Beatrix Vereijken, Clemens Becker, Chris Todd, Kristin Taraldsen, Mirjam Pijnappels, Kamiar Aminian, Sabato Mellone
The European population is ageing, and there is a need for health solutions that keep older adults independent longer. With increasing access to mobile technology, such as smartphones and smartwatches, the development and use of mobile health applications is rapidly growing. To meet the societal challenge of changing demography, mobile health solutions are warranted that support older adults to stay healthy and active and that can prevent or delay functional decline. This paper reviews the literature on mobile technology, in particular wearable technology, such as smartphones, smartwatches, and wristbands, presenting new ideas on how this technology can be used to encourage an active lifestyle, and discusses the way forward in order further to advance development and practice in the field of mobile technology for active, healthy ageing...
March 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335284/graphene-enabled-electrodes-for-electrocardiogram-monitoring
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Numan Celik, Nadarajah Manivannan, Andrew Strudwick, Wamadeva Balachandran
The unique parameters of graphene (GN)-notably its considerable electron mobility, high surface area, and electrical conductivity-are bringing extensive attention into the wearable technologies. This work presents a novel graphene-based electrode for acquisition of electrocardiogram (ECG). The proposed electrode was fabricated by coating GN on top of a metallic layer of a Ag/AgCl electrode using a chemical vapour deposition (CVD) technique. To investigate the performance of the fabricated GN-based electrode, two types of electrodes were fabricated with different sizes to conduct the signal qualities and the skin-electrode contact impedance measurements...
August 23, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334628/superwetting-and-aptamer-functionalized-shrink-induced-high-surface-area-electrochemical-sensors
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A Hauke, L S Selva Kumar, M Y Kim, J Pegan, M Khine, H Li, K W Plaxco, J Heikenfeld
Electrochemical sensing is moving to the forefront of point-of-care and wearable molecular sensing technologies due to the ability to miniaturize the required equipment, a critical advantage over optical methods in this field. Electrochemical sensors that employ roughness to increase their microscopic surface area offer a strategy to combatting the loss in signal associated with the loss of macroscopic surface area upon miniaturization. A simple, low-cost method of creating such roughness has emerged with the development of shrink-induced high surface area electrodes...
March 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327985/the-need-to-approximate-the-use-case-in-clinical-machine-learning
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Sohrab Saeb, Luca Lonini, Arun Jayaraman, David C Mohr, Konrad P Kording
Background: The availability of smartphone and wearable sensor technology is leading to a rapid accumulation of human subject data, and machine learning is emerging as a technique to map that data into clinical predictions. As machine learning algorithms are increasingly used to support clinical decision making, it is vital to reliably quantify their prediction accuracy. Cross-validation is the standard approach where the accuracy of such algorithms is evaluated on data the algorithm has not seen during training...
March 15, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327115/clinically-acceptable-agreement-between-the-vimove-wireless-motion-sensor-system-and-the-vicon-motion-capture-system-when-measuring-lumbar-region-inclination-motion-in-the-sagittal-and-coronal-planes
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Hanne Leirbekk Mjøsund, Eleanor Boyle, Per Kjaer, Rune Mygind Mieritz, Tue Skallgård, Peter Kent
BACKGROUND: Wireless, wearable, inertial motion sensor technology introduces new possibilities for monitoring spinal motion and pain in people during their daily activities of work, rest and play. There are many types of these wireless devices currently available but the precision in measurement and the magnitude of measurement error from such devices is often unknown. This study investigated the concurrent validity of one inertial motion sensor system (ViMove) for its ability to measure lumbar inclination motion, compared with the Vicon motion capture system...
March 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324980/effect-of-wearable-sensor-dynamics-on-physical-activity-estimates-a-comparison-between-sci-vs-healthy-individuals
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C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman
Accuracy of physical activity estimates predicted by activity monitoring technologies may be affected by device location, analysis algorithms, type of technology (i.e. wearable/stickable) and population demographics (disability) being studied. Consequently, the main purpose of this investigation was to study such sensor dynamics (i.e. effect of device location, type and population demographics on energy expenditure estimates) of two commercial activity monitors. It was hypothesized that device location, population studied (disability), choice of proprietary algorithm and type of technology used will significantly impact the accuracy of the predicted physical activity metrics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323584/evidence-for-gz-adaptation-observed-with-wearable-biosensors-during-high-performance-jet-flight
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G Merrill Rice, Dallas Snider, Jeffrey L Moore, J Timothy Lavan, Rich Folga, Thomas B VanBrunt
INTRODUCTION: Few studies have evaluated physiological responses to high acceleration forces during actual flight and to our knowledge no normative data has been acquired by technologies such as wearable biosensors during high performance jet aircraft operations. METHODS: In-flight physiological data from an FDA cleared portable triaxial accelerometer and bio-sensor were observed from five active duty F-18 pilots of the Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels)...
December 1, 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320423/in-vivo-estimation-of-the-shoulder-joint-center-of-rotation-using-magneto-inertial-sensors-mri-based-accuracy-and-repeatability-assessment
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M Crabolu, D Pani, L Raffo, M Conti, P Crivelli, A Cereatti
BACKGROUND: The human gleno-humeral joint is normally represented as a spherical hinge and its center of rotation is used to construct humerus anatomical axes and as reduction point for the computation of the internal joint moments. The position of the gleno-humeral joint center (GHJC) can be estimated by recording ad hoc shoulder joint movement following a functional approach. In the last years, extensive research has been conducted to improve GHJC estimate as obtained from positioning systems such as stereo-photogrammetry or electromagnetic tracking...
March 21, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299934/antibacterial-composite-film-based-triboelectric-nanogenerator-for-harvesting-walking-energy
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Guangqin Gu, Changbao Han, Jingjing Tian, Cunxin Lu, Chuan He, Tao Jiang, Zhou Li, Zhong Lin Wang
As a green and eco-friendly technology, triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) can harvest energy from human motion to generate electricity, so TENGs have been widely applied in wearable electronic devices to replace the traditional batteries. However, the surface of these TENGs is easy to be contaminated and breed bacteria, which is a threat to human health. Here, we report an antibacterial composite film-based triboelectric nanogenerator (ACF-TENG) that uses Ag exchanged zeolite (Ag-zeolite) and polypropylene (PP) composite film as the triboelectric layer...
March 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289573/soft-pneumatic-actuator-fascicles-for-high-force-and-reliability
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Matthew A Robertson, Hamed Sadeghi, Juan Manuel Florez, Jamie Paik
Soft pneumatic actuators (SPAs) are found in mobile robots, assistive wearable devices, and rehabilitative technologies. While soft actuators have been one of the most crucial elements of technology leading the development of the soft robotics field, they fall short of force output and bandwidth requirements for many tasks. In addition, other general problems remain open, including robustness, controllability, and repeatability. The SPA-pack architecture presented here aims to satisfy these standards of reliability crucial to the field of soft robotics, while also improving the basic performance capabilities of SPAs by borrowing advantages leveraged ubiquitously in biology; namely, the structured parallel arrangement of lower power actuators to form the basis of a larger and more powerful actuator module...
March 1, 2017: Soft Robotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289508/enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-current-research-insights-and-future-direction
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REVIEW
Aliza Abeles, Richard Mark Kwasnicki, Ara Darzi
Since the concept of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) was introduced in the late 1990s the idea of implementing specific interventions throughout the peri-operative period to improve patient recovery has been proven to be beneficial. Minimally invasive surgery is an integral component to ERAS and has dramatically improved post-operative outcomes. ERAS can be applicable to all surgical specialties with the core generic principles used together with added specialty specific interventions to allow for a comprehensive protocol, leading to improved clinical outcomes...
February 27, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287493/characterization-of-textile-insulated-capacitive-biosensors
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Charn Loong Ng, Mamun Bin Ibne Reaz
Capacitive biosensors are an emerging technology revolutionizing wearable sensing systems and personal healthcare devices. They are capable of continuously measuring bioelectrical signals from the human body while utilizing textiles as an insulator. Different textile types have their own unique properties that alter skin-electrode capacitance and the performance of capacitive biosensors. This paper aims to identify the best textile insulator to be used with capacitive biosensors by analysing the characteristics of 6 types of common textile materials (cotton, linen, rayon, nylon, polyester, and PVC-textile) while evaluating their impact on the performance of a capacitive biosensor...
March 12, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287451/sensor-based-assistive-devices-for-visually-impaired-people-current-status-challenges-and-future-directions
#13
Wafa Elmannai, Khaled Elleithy
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that there are 285 million visuallyimpaired people worldwide. Among these individuals, there are 39 million who are totally blind. There have been several systems designed to support visually-impaired people and to improve the quality of their lives. Unfortunately, most of these systems are limited in their capabilities. In this paper, we present a comparative survey of the wearable and portable assistive devices for visuallyimpaired people in order to show the progress in assistive technology for this group of people...
March 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285311/postural-transitions-during-activities-of-daily-living-could-identify-frailty-status-application-of-wearable-technology-to-identify-frailty-during-unsupervised-condition
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Saman Parvaneh, Jane Mohler, Nima Toosizadeh, Gurtej Singh Grewal, Bijan Najafi
BACKGROUND: Impairment of physical function is a major indicator of frailty. Functional performance tests have been shown to be useful for identification of frailty in older adults. However, these tests are often not translatable into unsupervised and remote monitoring of frailty status at home and/or community settings. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we explored daily postural transition quantified using a chest-worn wearable technology to identify frailty in community-dwelling older adults...
March 11, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284228/interactive-wearable-systems-for-upper-body-rehabilitation-a-systematic-review
#15
REVIEW
Qi Wang, Panos Markopoulos, Bin Yu, Wei Chen, Annick Timmermans
BACKGROUND: The development of interactive rehabilitation technologies which rely on wearable-sensing for upper body rehabilitation is attracting increasing research interest. This paper reviews related research with the aim: 1) To inventory and classify interactive wearable systems for movement and posture monitoring during upper body rehabilitation, regarding the sensing technology, system measurements and feedback conditions; 2) To gauge the wearability of the wearable systems; 3) To inventory the availability of clinical evidence supporting the effectiveness of related technologies...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278482/all-digital-galvanically-coupled-bcc-receiver-resilient-to-frequency-misalignment
#16
Pengpeng Chen, Huazhong Yang, Rong Luo, Bo Zhao
It is promising for wearable devices to go to a miniature size to alleviate the load of human body. One way to miniaturize the communication nodes on human body is to remove the bulky components such as antenna and crystal. Galvanically-coupled body channel communication (GC-BCC) has a great advantage over conventional wireless communications in reducing the size of wearable devices because it reuses the monitoring electrodes for signal transmission in place of antennas. To remove the crystal as well, the receiver must be immune to different types of frequency misalignments...
March 2, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269731/comparison-of-pulse-wave-velocity-derived-from-accelerometer-and-reflective-photo-plethysmography-signals-placed-at-the-carotid-and-femoral-artery
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Jens Muehlsteff, Erik Bresch, Lars Schmitt, Jos Gelissen, Peter Bingley
Carotid - femoral pulse wave velocity is an established measure to assess cardiovascular risk and an interesting surrogate parameter towards non-invasive continuous blood pressure inference. Due to progress in sensing technologies for wearable wrist worn sensors, there are low cost sensor combinations of photo-plethysmography and high fidelity accelerometers available offering access to pulse information from larger arteries complemented by blood volume changes in the superficial tissue. In this work we compare pulse wave velocities derived from accelerometer and reflective photo-plethysmography signals placed at the carotid and femoral artery...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269687/stayfit-a-wearable-application-for-gym-based-power-training
#18
Maram Maheedhar, Aman Gaurav, Vivek Jilla, Vijay N Tiwari, Rangavittal Narayanan
Comprehensive fitness training involves both cardiorespiratory and power components. Often power/muscle strength training is confused with cardiorespiratory endurance training. However, each of them target different physiological aspects of fitness. Although, wearable based fitness trackers designed towards cardiorespiratory endurance training are available in the market, a dedicated wearable based fitness application designed for power training/tracking is still not readily available to fitness enthusiasts...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269635/wearable-embroidered-muscle-activity-sensing-device-for-the-human-upper-leg
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R B Ribas Manero, A Shafti, B Michael, J Grewal, J Ll Ribas Fernandez, K Althoefer, M J Howard
Within the last decade, running has become one of the most popular physical activities in the world. Although the benefits of running are numerous, there is a risk of Running Related Injuries (RRIs) of the lower extremities. Electromyography (EMG) techniques have previously been used to study causes of RRIs, but the complexity of this technology limits its use to a laboratory setting. As running is primarily an outdoors activity, this lack of technology acts as a barrier to the study of RRIs in natural environments...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269634/investigation-of-changes-in-the-electrical-properties-of-novel-knitted-conductive-textiles-during-cyclic-loading
#20
Cristina Isaia, Donal McNally, Simon A McMaster, David T Branson
Combining stainless steel with polyester fibres adds an attractive conductive behaviour to the yarn. Once knitted in such a manner, fabrics develop sensing properties that make the textiles, also known as e-textiles, suitable for smart/wearable applications. Structural deformations of the fibres (e.g. stretching) will cause changes in the conductivity of the fabric. This work investigates changes in the electrical properties exhibited by four knitted conductive textiles made of 20% stainless steel and 80% polyester fibres during cyclic loading...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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