A wearable, low-power, real-time ECG monitor for smart t-shirt and IoT healthcare applications

Taiyang Wu, Jean-Michel Redouté, Mehmet Yuce

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A wearable health monitoring system combined with Internet of Things (IoT) is going to be a promising alternative to the conventional healthcare systems. In this work, a small, flexible and wearable real-time electrocardiograph (ECG) monitoring system integrated on a T-shirt is proposed. It uses an off-the-shelf biopotential analog front end (AFE) chip, AD8232, to collect subjects’ ECG data with satisfactory quality. The collected ECG data are transmitted through Bluetooth low energy (BLE) to an end device for real-time display. A PC graphical user interface (GUI) and a smartphone application are designed for indoor and outdoor real-time visualisation respectively. The power consumption of the proposed wearable ECG monitoring system can be as low as 5.2 mW. Powered by a 240 mAh rechargeable battery, it can operate for more than 110 h continuously. To prolong the lifetime of the battery, a flexible solar energy harvester is also adopted within this system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Body Area Networks I
Subtitle of host publicationPost-Conference Proceedings of BodyNets 2017
EditorsGiancarlo Fortino, Zhelong Wang
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783030028190
ISBN (Print)9783030028183
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Conference on Body Area Networks 2017 - Dallian, China
Duration: 28 Sep 201729 Sep 2017
Conference number: 12th

Publication series

NameInternet of Things: Technology, Communications and Computing
ISSN (Print)2199-1073
ISSN (Electronic)2199-1081


ConferenceInternational Conference on Body Area Networks 2017
Abbreviated titleBodyNets 2017
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