ISSN : 1796-2021
Volume : 2    Issue : 5    Date : August 2007

Body Sensor Network based on Soft Polymer Sensors and Wireless Communications
Sarah Brady, Brian Carson, Donal O’Gorman, Niall Moyna, and Dermot Diamond
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Wireless communications is now completely pervasive, and already is used in many guises by
people in everyday life. However until now, the information exchanged has been mainly standard
electronic forms of standard data such as text, images, video. More recently, attention has been
increasingly focused on sensor-based data, which presents rich new areas for applications and
research, particularly in the area of life-logging applications. Thus, focus must shift to developing
new and novel sensor layers to bridge this interface between the real world of the body and the
digital world of communications. The easiest means to do this is with wearable sensors, but this in
turn raises the issue of ‘comfortable’ body monitoring systems. If the “wearable” device is
uncomfortable then user compliance will be greatly compromised. At present many conventional
sensors are unsuitable for wearable body monitoring devices, however, in this paper, we present a
prototype wearable device which was used and compared to an established non-wearable method
for monitoring breathing frequency.

Index Terms
wireless personal communications, body sensor networks, wearable sensors, conducting
polymers, personalized healthcare.