Inductive Power Transfer for On-body Sensors. Defining a design space for safe, wirelessly powered on-body health sensors

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Title: Inductive Power Transfer for On-body Sensors. Defining a design space for safe, wirelessly powered on-body health sensors
Authors: Worgan, Paul
Clare, Lindsay R.
Proynov, Plamen
Stark, Bernard H.
Coyle, David
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Date: 23-May-2015
Abstract: Designers of on-body health sensing devices face a difficult choice. They must either minimise the power consumption of devices, which in reality means reducing the sensing capabilities, or build devices that require regular battery changes or recharging. Both options limit the effectiveness of devices. Here we investigate an alternative. This paper presents a method of designing safe, wireless, inductive power transfer into on-body sensor products. This approach can produce sensing devices that can be worn for longer durations without the need for human intervention, whilst also having greater sensing and data capture capabilities. The paper addresses significant challenges in achieving this aim, in particular: device safety, sufficient power transfer, and human factors regarding device geometry. We show how to develop a device that meets stringent international safety guidelines for electromagnetic energy on the body and describe a design space that allows designers to make trade-offs that balance power transfer with other constraints, e.g. size and bulk, that affect the wearability of devices. Finally we describe a rapid experimental method to investigate the optimal placement of on-body devices and the actual versus theoretical power transfer for on-body, inductively powered devices. 
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: EAI
Keywords: On-body sensing;Inductive power;Wireless power transfer;Healthcare;Safety compliance
DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2015.259139
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: 9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth), 2015
Conference Details: Pervasive Health: 9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, 20-23 May 2015, Istanbul, Turkey
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