Energy Neutral Activity Monitoring: Wearables Powered by Smart Inductive Charging Surfaces

Xenofon Fafoutis, Lindsay R Clare, Neil Grabham, Steve Beeby, Bernard H Stark, Robert J Piechocki, Ian J Craddock

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Abstract

Wearable technologies play a key role in the shift of traditional healthcare services towards eHealth and self-monitoring. Maintenance overheads, such as regular battery recharging, impose a limitation on the applicability of such technologies in some groups of the population. In this paper, we propose an activity monitoring system that is based on wearable sensors that are powered by textile inductive charging surfaces. By strategically positioning these surfaces on pieces of furniture that are routinely used, the system passively charges the wearable sensor whilst the user is present. As a proof-of-concept example, experiments conducted on a prototype implementation of the system suggest that 36 minutes of daily desktop computer usage are on average sufficient to maintain a wearable sensor energy neutral.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 13th IEEE International Conferernce on Sensing, Communication and Networking (SECON 2016)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 27-30 June 2016, London, UK
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages144-152
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781509017324
ISBN (Print)9781509017331
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
Event13th Annual IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication, and Networking (SECON) - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201630 Jun 2016

Conference

Conference13th Annual IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication, and Networking (SECON)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period27/06/1630/06/16

Structured keywords

  • Digital Health

Keywords

  • EHealth
  • Energy harvesting
  • Energy neutral operation
  • Inductive power transfer
  • Internet of things
  • Wearable technologies

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