5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Integration of textile-based sensors and Shimmer for breathing rate and volume measurement

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246104,
        author={Carlos Rovira-Borr\'{a}s and Shirley Coyle and Dermot Diamont and Florin Stroiescu and Kieran Daly and Brian Corcoran},
        title={Integration of textile-based sensors and Shimmer for breathing rate and volume measurement},
        proceedings={5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={4},
        keywords={fabric sensors breathing rate volume measurement mechanical rig illnesses wearable wireless-sensor personal health exercise monitoring},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246104}
    }
    
  • Carlos Rovira-Borràs
    Shirley Coyle
    Dermot Diamont
    Florin Stroiescu
    Kieran Daly
    Brian Corcoran
    Year: 2012
    Integration of textile-based sensors and Shimmer for breathing rate and volume measurement
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246104
Carlos Rovira-Borràs1,*, Shirley Coyle1, Dermot Diamont1, Florin Stroiescu2, Kieran Daly2, Brian Corcoran3
  • 1: CLARITY – Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, National Centre for Sensor Research
  • 2: Shimmer Research – Realtime Technologies Ltd.
  • 3: Dublin City University
*Contact email: carrovbor@gmail.com

Abstract

The goal of this project is to integrate flexible textile sensors with the wearable wireless Shimmer platform(Realtime Technologies). The aim will be to create an intelligent garment that is capable of monitoring the health of the wearer in an unobtrusive manner. A respiration-monitoring shirt is being developed for applications in sports and healthcare.

This study uses a mechanical rig to perform rigorous testing of three piezoresistive fabrics. The change in resistance of the sensors is monitored in real time using a Shimmer wearable wireless-sensor platform. Tests were performed to investigate the temporal response of the fabric sensors, the effects of applying pre-tension to the fabric and the drift of the sensor response over a number of hours. Such characterisation is needed to optimise signal processing of on-body fabric sensors and also to gain an understanding of the behaviour of different piezoresistive textile structures.

Breathing patterns are a useful parameter to measure for a number of applications in managing health. For example, breathing exercises form an essential part in the treatment of respiratory illnesses and in sports breathing technique can help to improve the performance of athletes.