A modular sensorized mat for monitoring infant posture.

Marco Donati, Francesca Cecchi, Filippo Bonaccorso, Marco Branciforte, Paolo Dario, Nicola Vitiello

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We present a novel sensorized mat for monitoring infant's posture through the measure of pressure maps. The pressure-sensitive mat is based on an optoelectronic technology developed in the last few years at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna: a soft silicone skin cover, which constitutes the mat, participates in the transduction principle and provides the mat with compliance. The device has a modular structure (with a minimum of one and a maximum of six sub-modules, and a total surface area of about 1 m2) that enables dimensional adaptation of the pressure-sensitive area to different specific applications. The system consists of on-board electronics for data collection, pre-elaboration, and transmission to a remote computing unit for analysis and posture classification. In this work we present a complete description of the sensing apparatus along with its experimental characterization and validation with five healthy infants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-531
Number of pages22
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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