A Movement-Tremors Recorder for Patients of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Giovanni Gugliandolo, Giuseppe Campobello, Pier Paolo Capra, S. Marino, A. Bramanti, G. Di Lorenzo, Nicola Donato

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Abstract

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer, Parkinson, motor neuron, and Chorea affect millions of people today. Their effect on the central nervous system causes the loss of brain functions as well as motor disturbances and sometimes cognitive deficits. In such a scenario, the monitoring and evaluation of early symptoms are mandatory for the improvement of the patient's quality of life. Here, the authors describe the development, the laboratory calibration, and the "in-field validation" under the medical supervision of a movement tremors recorder for subjects affected by neurodegenerative diseases. The developed device is based on an array of four accelerometers connected to an embedded development board. This system is able to monitor tremor/movement, accidental falls, and, moreover, it can track the Alzheimer subjects' geographical position. A remote supervisor can collect data from the system through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or GSM connections. A data compression algorithm was developed directly on board in order to increase the efficiency of data transmission and reduce power consumptions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8667681
Pages (from-to)1451-1457
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
Volume68
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • Embedded systems
  • neurodegenerative diseases
  • tremor evaluation
  • wearable monitoring system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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