Evaluation of low cost capacitive ECG prototypes: A hardware/software approach

Jorg Guttler, Christos Georgoulas, Thomas Linner, Thomas Bock

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Abstract

Demographic change is greatly affecting more and more industrial nations. Therefore, healthcare solutions become increasingly interesting for end-users. However, existing solutions like fitness trackers are mostly worn for a short period of time, i.e. during exercising. Therefore, the implementation of unobtrusive biological sensors via capacitive Electrocardiography (ECG), for application within the user home environment, becomes interesting in the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) research areas. A capacitive ECG has been developed using an Arduino/Wattuino Uno microcontroller board in order to enable the realization of a low cost capacitive ECG System, using existing of-the-shelf components. The developed system comprises an improved version of an earlier prototype of the authors, differing in both hardware and software components used. Furthermore, wireless data transmission quality has been here investigated, in order to enable an unobtrusive implementation of the proposed system when it is used in home environments. In this paper the authors investigate and compare the quality of the measured ECG signal under different hardware and software configurations. The results in the paper show that using XBee modules as a secure wireless data transfer solution has a significant deterioration of the measured signal quality. Therefore, solutions are proposed and discussed in the paper to overcome the aforementioned limitations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 11th France-Japan and 9th Europe-Asia Congress on Mechatronics, MECATRONICS 2016 / 17th International Conference on Research and Education in Mechatronics, REM 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages129-134
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509017874
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event11th France-Japan and 9th Europe-Asia Congress on Mechatronics, MECATRONICS 2016 / 17th International Conference on Research and Education in Mechatronics, REM 2016 - Compiegne, France
Duration: 15 Jun 201617 Jun 2016

Publication series

Name2016 11th France-Japan and 9th Europe-Asia Congress on Mechatronics, MECATRONICS 2016 / 17th International Conference on Research and Education in Mechatronics, REM 2016

Conference

Conference11th France-Japan and 9th Europe-Asia Congress on Mechatronics, MECATRONICS 2016 / 17th International Conference on Research and Education in Mechatronics, REM 2016
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityCompiegne
Period15/06/1617/06/16

Keywords

  • Capacitive Electrodes
  • ECG
  • FIR filtering
  • Microcontroller
  • XBee

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