Experience with Using the Sensewear BMS Sensor System in the Context of a Health and Wellbeing Application

Valerie M. Jones, Richard G.A. Bults, Rene de Wijk, I.A. Widya, R.J. Mendes Batista, Hermanus J. Hermens

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    Abstract

    An assessment of a sensor designed for monitoring energy expenditure, activity, and sleep was conducted in the context of a research project which develops a weight management application. The overall goal of this project is to affect sustainable behavioural change with respect to diet and exercise in order to improve health and wellbeing. This paper reports results of a pretrial in which three volunteers wore the sensor for a total of 11 days. The aim was to gain experience with the sensor and determine if it would be suitable for incorporation into the ICT system developed by the project to be trialled later on a larger population. In this paper we focus mainly on activity monitoring and user experience. Data and results including visualizations and reports are presented and discussed. User experience proved positive in most respects. Exercise levels and sleep patterns correspond to user logs relating to exercise sessions and sleep patterns. Issues raised relate to accuracy, one source of possible interference, the desirability of enhancing the system with real-time data transmission, and analysis to enable real-time feedback. It is argued that automatic activity classification is needed to properly analyse and interpret physical activity data captured by accelerometry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)671040
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational journal of telemedicine and applications
    Volume2011
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • Energy Expenditure
    • behavioural change
    • weight management
    • Ambulant monitoring
    • METIS-279171
    • IR-77942
    • Activity Monitoring
    • EWI-20457

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