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A Modular Sensorized Mat for Monitoring Infant Posture
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, Pontedera (PI) 56025, Italy
ST Microelectronics, Stradale Primosole 50, Catania (CT) 95121, Italy
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Received: 23 October 2013; in revised form: 11 December 2013 / Accepted: 17 December 2013 / Published: 31 December 2013
Abstract: We present a novel sensorized mat for monitoring infant’s posture through the measure of pressure maps. The pressure-sensitive mat is based on an optoelectronic technology developed in the last few years at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna: a soft silicone skin cover, which constitutes the mat, participates in the transduction principle and provides the mat with compliance. The device has a modular structure (with a minimum of one and a maximum of six sub-modules, and a total surface area of about 1 m2) that enables dimensional adaptation of the pressure-sensitive area to different specific applications. The system consists of on-board electronics for data collection, pre-elaboration, and transmission to a remote computing unit for analysis and posture classification. In this work we present a complete description of the sensing apparatus along with its experimental characterization and validation with five healthy infants.
Keywords: pressure-sensitive mat; pressure-sensitive technology; optoelectronics; pressure maps; infant posture
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Donati, M.; Cecchi, F.; Bonaccorso, F.; Branciforte, M.; Dario, P.; Vitiello, N. A Modular Sensorized Mat for Monitoring Infant Posture. Sensors 2014, 14, 510-531.
Donati M, Cecchi F, Bonaccorso F, Branciforte M, Dario P, Vitiello N. A Modular Sensorized Mat for Monitoring Infant Posture. Sensors. 2014; 14(1):510-531.
Donati, Marco; Cecchi, Francesca; Bonaccorso, Filippo; Branciforte, Marco; Dario, Paolo; Vitiello, Nicola. 2014. "A Modular Sensorized Mat for Monitoring Infant Posture." Sensors 14, no. 1: 510-531.