SPW-1: A Low-Maintenance Wearable Activity Tracker for Residential Monitoring and Healthcare Applications

Xenofon Fafoutis, Balazs Janko, Evangelos Mellios, Geoffrey Hilton, Simon Sherratt, Robert Piechocki, Ian Craddock

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In this paper, we present SPW-1; a low-profile versatile wearable activity tracker that employs two ultra-low-power accelerometers and relies on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for wireless communication. Aiming for a low maintenance system, SPW-1 is able to offer a battery lifetime of multiple months. Measurements on its wireless performance in a real residential environment with thick brick walls, demonstrate that SPW-1 can fully cover a room and - in most cases - the adjacent room, as well. SPW-1 is a research platform that is aimed to be used both as a data collecting tool for health-oriented studies outside the laboratory,
but also for research on wearable technologies and body-centric communications. As a result, SPW-1 incorporates versatile features, such as external sensor support, various powering options, and accelerometer configuration options that can support a wide range applications from
kinematics to long-term activity recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Number of pages12
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Dec 2016
EventEAI International Conference on Wearables in Healthcare - Hungary, Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 14 Jun 201615 Jun 2016


ConferenceEAI International Conference on Wearables in Healthcare

Structured keywords

  • Digital Health


  • Wearable Technologies
  • Bluetooth Low Energy
  • Internet of Things
  • eHealth
  • Healthcare Technologies

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