Towards a Whole Body Sensing Platform for Healthcare Applications

  • P. Fergus
  • J. Haggerty
  • M. Taylor
  • L. Bracegirdle
Part of the Human-Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


The barriers between human internal body sensing systems (its biological sensors, networks and analogue data flows) and computer science are on the verge of disappearing. Information, once considered concealed, is becoming more accessible through advances in information and communications technology. This has allowing us to isolate and interface with biological sensors and data sources in the human body. Common examples of this already exist, such as electrocardiograms for detecting heart rate and electroencephalography for identifying regions of electrical activity in the brain. Less obvious examples are more complex, such as the mapping of c-fibersfound in the peripheral nerves of the somatic sensory system to individual neurons, yet advances are being made. Whole body sensing and the granularity of measurement in this way is timely and if successful is likely to impact all aspects our lives, from entertainment, health, right through to unrivalled scientific understandings of the human condition This chapter considers this idea further and details approaches that have moved us towards this goal. It highlights the challenges faced by researchers in this new discipline and provides the beginnings of one possible whole body sensing platform. The applicability of our own approach is demonstrated through a working prototype system and several case studies.


Anterior Cruciate Ligament Data Stream Strain Gauge Quadriceps Tendon Everyday Object 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Fergus
    • 1
  • J. Haggerty
    • 2
  • M. Taylor
    • 1
  • L. Bracegirdle
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Computing and Mathematical SciencesLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.School of Computing, Science and EngineeringUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK
  3. 3.Newcastle Biomedicine, The Medical SchoolNewcastle UniversityNewcastle Upon TyneUK

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