LightVest: A Wearable Body Position Monitor Using Ambient and Infrared Light

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9th International Conference on Body Area Networks
Arsen Papisyan1, Ani Nahapetian1
1: California State University, Northridge

    This paper presents a low-cost, low-power, and computationally inexpensive approach for monitoring body positioning and pose using light. The experimental platform, the LightVest, which leverages broadband and infrared light sensor data for lightweight body position monitoring is described. The challenges of using light for on-body monitoring, by analyzing the impact of lighting conditions, backgrounds, and placement on the body are also presented. The approach is experimentally verified by determining the classification accuracy of eight common ballet arm positions, using the LightVest.