Earable POCER: Development of a Point-of-Care Ear Sensor for Respiratory Rate Measurement
AbstractWe have carried out research and development on an earphone-type respiratory rate measuring device, earable POCER. The name earable POCER is a combination of “earable”, which is a word coined from “wearable” and “ear”, and “POCER”, which is an acronym for “point-of-care ear sensor for respiratory rate measurement”. The earable POCER calculates respiratory frequency, based on the measurement values over one minute, through the simple attachment of an ear sensor to one ear of the measured subject and displays these on a tablet terminal. The earable POCER irradiates infrared light using a light-emitting diode (LED) loaded on an ear sensor to the epidermis within the ear canal and, by receiving that reflected light with a phototransistor, it measures movement of the ear canal based on respiration. In an evaluation experiment, eight healthy subjects first breathed through the nose 12 times per minute, then 16 times per minute, and finally 20 times per minute, in accordance with the flashing of a timing instruction LED. The results of these evaluation tests showed that the accuracy of the respiratory frequency was 100% for nose breathing 12 times per minute, 93.8% at 16 times, and 93.8% at 20 times. View Full-Text
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Taniguchi, K.; Nishikawa, A. Earable POCER: Development of a Point-of-Care Ear Sensor for Respiratory Rate Measurement. Sensors 2018, 18, 3020.
Taniguchi K, Nishikawa A. Earable POCER: Development of a Point-of-Care Ear Sensor for Respiratory Rate Measurement. Sensors. 2018; 18(9):3020.Chicago/Turabian Style
Taniguchi, Kazuhiro; Nishikawa, Atsushi. 2018. "Earable POCER: Development of a Point-of-Care Ear Sensor for Respiratory Rate Measurement." Sensors 18, no. 9: 3020.
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