Keep on Moving! Activity Monitoring and Stimulation Using Wireless Sensor Networks

S. Bosch, Mihai Marin Perianu, Raluca Marin Perianu, Paul J.M. Havinga, Hermanus J. Hermens

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    Because health condition and quality of life are directly influenced by the amount and intensity of daily physical activity, monitoring the level of activity has gained interest in recent years for various medical and wellbeing applications. In this paper we describe our experience with implementing and evaluating physical activity monitoring and stimulation using wireless sensor networks and motion sensors. Our prototype provides feedback on the activity level of users using a simple colored light. We conduct experiments on multiple test subjects, performing multiple normal daily activities. The results from our experiments represent the motivation for and a first step towards robust complex physical activity monitoring with multiple sensors distributed over a person’s body. The results show that using a single sensor on the body is inadequate in certain situations. Results also indicate that feedback provided on a person’s activity level can stimulate the person to do more exercise. Using multiple sensor nodes and sensor modalities per subject would improve the activity estimation performance, provided that the sensor nodes are small and inconspicuous.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationSmart Sensing and Context: 4th European conference, EuroSSC
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-04470-0
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009
    Event4th European Conference on Smart Sensing and Context, EuroSSC 2009 - Guildford, United Kingdom
    Duration: 16 Sep 200918 Sep 2009
    Conference number: 4

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes In Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference4th European Conference on Smart Sensing and Context, EuroSSC 2009
    Abbreviated titleEuroSSC
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • METIS-264015
    • IR-67869
    • Wireless Sensor Networks
    • EWI-16044
    • Activity Monitoring
    • activity stimulation
    • Inertial Sensing

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