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Classification of static postures with wearable sensors mounted on loose clothing

Jayasinghe, U., Janko, B., Hwang, F. ORCID: and Harwin, W. S. ORCID: (2023) Classification of static postures with wearable sensors mounted on loose clothing. Scientific Reports, 13 (1). 131. ISSN 2045-2322

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Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) are a potential way to monitor the mobility of people outside clinical or laboratory settings at an acceptable cost. To increase accuracy, multiple IMUs can be used. By embedding multiple sensors into everyday clothing, it is possible to simplify having to put on individual sensors, ensuring sensors are correctly located and oriented. This research demonstrates how clothing-mounted IMU readings can be used to identify 4 common postures: standing, sitting, lying down and sitting on the floor. Data were collected from 5 healthy adults, with each providing 1–4 days of data with approximately 5 h each day. Each day, participants performed a fixed set of activities that were video-recorded to provide a ground truth. This is an analysis of accelerometry data from 3 sensors incorporated into right trouser-leg at the waist, thigh and ankle. Data were classified as static/ dynamic activities using a K-nearest neighbour (KNN) algorithm. For static activities, the inclination angles of the three sensors were estimated and used to train a second KNN classifier. For this highly-selected dataset (60000–70000 data points/posture), the static postures were classified with 100% accuracy, illustrating the potential for clothing-mounted sensors to be used in posture classification.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Department of Bio-Engineering
ID Code:109622
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group


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