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Bringing Mobile Health to the Underdeveloped World

Shangguan, Longfei (2023) Bringing Mobile Health to the Underdeveloped World. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023.

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Existing wearables such as the Fitbit wristband and Apple Watch allow users to track their health statistics around the clock. They have become increasingly popular over the past few years. However, in the context of under-developed countries where people may earn less than 2 US dollars a day, these wearable devices are still pricey and thus constitute a critical bottleneck in their adoption. This proposal aims at developing an ultra-low-cost (i.e., less than 5 US dollars per unit) wearable device by reusing cheap earphones as versatile sensors. The rationale behind this is that human organs (e.g., the heart and lungs) produce vibrations. These vibrations travel through the human body and arrive at the human ears. The diaphragms of the earphone speaker respond to these signals, producing a weak electric signal that can be leveraged to track human physiological activities. Compared to the current wearable devices, the proposed solution does not rely on any dedicated sensors; thus it reduces the need for additional instrumentation and can rapidly and unobtrusively serve large and diverse populations worldwide with low-cost, everyday earphones. We believe this is an important endeavor in bringing mobile health to the broad public.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Shangguan, LongfeiLONGFEI@pitt.edu0000-0002-1153-7087
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2023
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/fhkb-7x16
Schools and Programs: School of Computing and Information > Computer Science
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Priming Grants - Engineering, Technology, Natural Sciences, and Mathematical Sciences
Other ID: 6115
Additional Information: Poster to be added by March 1, 2023.
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 22:34
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2023 17:30


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