EPILLOW: A FABRIC-BASED PRESSURE SENSOR ARRAY FOR TETRAPLEGIC PATIENT CALL DETECTION SYSTEM

Authors

  • Normazlianita Mohamad Alias ᵃDepartment of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ᵇBiosensor and Embedded Systems Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ᶜDepartment of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia dBiomechatronics and Neuroprosthetics Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2547-8807
  • Zakiran Abd Razak Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Munirah Janjori ᵃDepartment of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ᶜDepartment of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Mohd Yazed Ahmad ᵃDepartment of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ᵇBiosensor and Embedded Systems Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Julia Patrick Engkasan Biosensor and Embedded Systems Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Nur Azah Hamzaid ᵃDepartment of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ᵇBiosensor and Embedded Systems Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ᶜDepartment of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia dBiomechatronics and Neuroprosthetics Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11113/jurnalteknologi.v84.17381

Keywords:

Call Bell System; Fabric Based Pressure Sensor; Patient Assistance System; Pressure Mapping; Smart Pillow; Smart Sensor Array

Abstract

Call bell systems play an essential role in patient and nurse interaction in hospitals and at homes. However, many hospitalized patients, especially patients with tetraplegia, cannot press a call bell button for assistance due to hand weakness or paralysis from the neck down. This problem has motivated developing a fabric-based multi-array pressure sensor as a call bell garment, named ePillow, that works by detecting the pressure pattern on a pillow surface where the patient is lying down. In this study, off-the-shelf materials were utilized to form: i) a fabric-based multi-array pressure sensor system, ii) an acquisition circuit along with an interface, and iii) a signal processing algorithm to acquire and interpret the sensor data. To ensure the functionality of the proposed ePillow, a color-coded mesh plot was developed to visualize the sensor data. The reliability of the system was tested with two individuals. The pressure profile of the proposed ePillow shows a comparable profile to that of the commercialized pressure sensor. Findings from this case study have demonstrated the ability to map the force on the surface of the pillow and subsequently the location of the force applied with 71% accuracy and 70% sensitivity.  

Published

2021-11-21

How to Cite

Mohamad Alias , N. ., Abd Razak, Z. ., Janjori, M. ., Ahmad, M. Y. ., Engkasan, J. P. ., & Hamzaid, N. A. . (2021). EPILLOW: A FABRIC-BASED PRESSURE SENSOR ARRAY FOR TETRAPLEGIC PATIENT CALL DETECTION SYSTEM. Jurnal Teknologi, 84(1). https://doi.org/10.11113/jurnalteknologi.v84.17381

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Section

Science and Engineering