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Wearable sensors and feedback system to improve breathing technique

Coyle, Shirley and Mitchell, Edmond and Ward, Tomas and O'Connor, Noel E. and Diamond, Dermot (2009) Wearable sensors and feedback system to improve breathing technique. In: UNCSR 1st Annual Symposium, 22 October, Dublin, Ireland.

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Abstract

Breathing is an important factor in our well-being as it oxygenates the body, revitalizes organs, cells and tissues. It is a unique physiological system in that it is both voluntary and involuntary. By breathing in a slow, deep and regular manner, the heartbeat become smooth and regular, blood pressure normalizes, stress hormones drop, and muscles relax. Breathing techniques are important for athletes to improve performance and reduce anxiety during competitions. Patients with respiratory illnesses often tend to take shallow short breaths causing chest muscle weakness, reduced oxygen circulation, shortness of breath and fatigue. Proper breathing exercises can help to reduce these symptoms as well as strengthen muscles, improve posture and mental ability. This work presents a wearable system which monitors breathing technique and provides straightforward feedback to the user through a graphical interface.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Event Type:Conference
Refereed:Yes
Subjects:Computer Science > Interactive computer systems
Computer Science > Information technology
Engineering > Biomedical engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Electronic Engineering
Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for Digital Video Processing (CDVP)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Chemical Sciences
Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)
Research Initiatives and Centres > CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
Official URL:http://sites.google.com/site/uncsrsite/Home/symposium
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland, SFI 07/CE/I1147
ID Code:15060
Deposited On:01 Feb 2010 12:29 by Shirley Coyle. Last Modified 29 Apr 2010 11:58

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