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Home Wearables for Autonomic Monitoring

Over the past few years we’ve been working (not the only ones!) on developing low-cost remote home wearables for autonomic monitoring of infants and parents. This has led to a few papers already, (Influences of environmental stressors on autonomic function in 12‐month‐old infants; Parents Mimic and Influence Their Infant’s Autonomic State; In infancy, it’s the extremes of arousal that are ‘sticky’) and we’re just at the stage of developing the next generation of devices.

The sensors record ECG, movement levels and skin temperature. For ECG we ended up going for the same 3-lead set-up used in lab settings, because the other options didn’t seem to work as well. One thing that we really regretted not having was a proximity sensor, as Kathryn Humphries at Vanderbilt does – we’re building that into the next generation.

Below are some pictures of home wearables for autonomic monitoring, including the clothing we had to design so that baby and mum could wear the equipment at home.

I’m happy to answer any questions about this – just get in touch via the contact page!

Home wearables for autonomic monitoring - clothes
Home wearables for autonomic monitoring - sensor placement
Participant wearing home wearables for autonomic monitoring
Autonomic monitoring data example

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