fiee 16(7): e5

Research Article

Feasibility of Contactless Pulse Rate Monitoring of Neonates using Google Glass

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.14-10-2015.2261589,
        author={Shakith Fernando and Wenjin Wang and Ihor Kirenko and Gerard de Haan and Sidarto Bambang Oetomo and Henk Corporaal and Jan van Dalfsen},
        title={Feasibility of Contactless Pulse Rate Monitoring of Neonates using Google Glass},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Future Intelligent Educational Environments},
        keywords={wearable computing, vital sign monitoring},
  • Shakith Fernando
    Wenjin Wang
    Ihor Kirenko
    Gerard de Haan
    Sidarto Bambang Oetomo
    Henk Corporaal
    Jan van Dalfsen
    Year: 2015
    Feasibility of Contactless Pulse Rate Monitoring of Neonates using Google Glass
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.14-10-2015.2261589
Shakith Fernando1,*, Wenjin Wang1, Ihor Kirenko2, Gerard de Haan2, Sidarto Bambang Oetomo3, Henk Corporaal1, Jan van Dalfsen1
  • 1: Eindhoven University of Technology
  • 2: Philips Research
  • 3: Maxima Medical Center
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In neonatal intensive care units in hospitals, vital signs of neonates are monitored continuously using wired sensors. However, these wired sensors introduce skin irritations, pain, discomfort and sleep disruptions for the neonates. State of the art camera-based vital sign algorithms are becoming popular as a solution to these issues. However, there are limited investigations into the feasibility of monitoring the neonates in a clinical setting with these algorithms. Also, recent emergence of a wide variety of wearable head-mounted devices, like Google Glass, enable vital sign monitoring to be ubiquitous. Again, feasibility of the use of such a device for vital sign monitoring is unknown. This paper investigates both the feasibility of using a camera-based algorithm for pulse rate monitoring of neonates in a clinical setting and the feasibility of using Google Glass for such pulse rate monitoring. The results of our research show under what conditions the monitoring of the pulse rate of neonates would be reliable and highlights the challenging conditions. Also, they give insights into the applicability of a Google Glass prototype for pulse rate monitoring and it’s current limitations.