Porto.LivingLAB Award winner 2016

This year’s winner of the 4th Annual meeting of the Porto Living Lab is Gonçalo Pimentel  with the project Sense My Heart.



With the mobile technology industry experiencing an amazing growth, smartphones and wearable devices are gaining market and worldwide interest due to their wide range of applications. Additionally, wearable systems and body sensor networks are trailing the path for novel methodologies in physiological and environmental monitoring. This type of devices became relevant with the growing popularity of different social movements like Quantified Self [1]. As an example, several systems (such as VitalJacket®) have received clinical-certification and provide huge amounts of reliable electrocardiogram (ECG) data in a continuous basis [2, 3]. Together with a state of the art human sensing analytics (e.g Heart Rate Variability (HRV) analysis) then it becomes possible to monitor human health conditions and study them through real-time monitoring of ECG data.
In this work we describe an extended version of the SenseMyHeart system [4] that added geo-location and a new Model–View–Controller (MVC) architecture and real-time data visualization in multiple devices and operating systems of any platform using Web sockets to the Heart Rate Variability validated engine previously developed. Data from multiple users can now be acquired recurring to wearable vital monitors, which, through a mobile app, is sent to the server for analysis. By interacting with the google maps API, we are also able to complement this information with the geographical localization of the multiple subjects.
Concluding, we present a novel adaptable system capable of acquiring, processing and outputting geo-located physiological data in different platforms which can be used for a wide health monitoring applications in smarter cities environments, among others.

[1] http://quantifiedself.com/
[2] J. P. S. Cunha, B. Cunha, A. S. Pereira, W. Xavier, N. Ferreira, and L. A. Meireles, “Vital Jacket: A wearable wireless vital signs monitor for patients’ mobility in Cardiology and Sports,” presented at the 4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2010 (ACM, IEEE and IMIA sponsored), Munich, Germany, 2010.
[3] J. P. S. Cunha, “pHealth and Wearable Technologies: a permanent challenge,” in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. vol. 177, B. Blobel, P. Pharow, and F. Sousa, Eds., ed Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2012, pp. 185-195.
[4] P. P. d. Silva and J. P. S. Cunha, “SenseMyHeart: A Cloud Service and API for Wearable Heart Monitors,” presented at the 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Milano, Italy, 2015.

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