An open-source, wireless vest for measuring autonomic function in infants #WearableWednesday
Researchers at Indiana University and the University of East Anglia developed a wearable for infants. They wanted to study behavior patterns that tracked a variety of biometric data. Obviously designing for infants has its own unique precautions and obstacles. If you check out the full details they utilized a number of Adafruit parts!
Infant behavior, like all behavior, is the aggregate product of many nested processes operating and interacting over multiple time scales; the result of a tangle of inter-related causes and effects. Efforts in identifying the mechanisms supporting infant behavior require the development and advancement of new technologies that can accurately and densely capture behavior’s multiple branches. The present study describes an open-source, wireless autonomic vest specifically designed for use in infants 8–24 months of age in order to measure cardiac activity, respiration, and movement. The schematics of the vest, instructions for its construction, and a suite of software designed for its use are made freely available.
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