9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

A Smart Health Device to Measure Waist Circumfence

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2015.259503,
        author={Jochen Meyer and Timo Schoormann and Daniel Wegmann and Ahmad Albuhasi},
        title={A Smart Health Device to Measure Waist Circumfence},
        proceedings={9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2015},
        month={8},
        keywords={digital measuring tape smart health devices},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2015.259503}
    }
    
  • Jochen Meyer
    Timo Schoormann
    Daniel Wegmann
    Ahmad Albuhasi
    Year: 2015
    A Smart Health Device to Measure Waist Circumfence
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2015.259503
Jochen Meyer1,*, Timo Schoormann2, Daniel Wegmann2, Ahmad Albuhasi2
  • 1: OFFIS Institute for Information Technology
  • 2: Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
*Contact email: meyer@offis.de

Abstract

Although the body mass index is a frequently used measure for overweight and obesity, the waist circumfence is a more reliable predictor for cardiovascular risks. However, while the first one can easily be digitally monitored using networked body scales there is no solution yet for the latter. We therefore present a smart measuring tape system that supports the user in taking consistent measures of the waist circumfence and stores the measures digitally. The system comprises a smartphone app and a digital measuring tape. An LED based interface helps the user in conducting the measurements. Users found the system easy to use and interesting.