The paper describes the concept, implementation, and evaluation of a new on-body capacitive sensing approach to derive activity related information. Using conductive textile based electrodes that are easy to integrate in garments, we measure changes in capacitance inside the human body. Such changes are related to motions and shape changes of muscle, skin,… (More)
Unobtrusive body-worn sensors can continuously interpret user activity and react proactively in sports, personal health, and many other application areas.
We present a novel sensor system for the support of nutrition monitoring. The system is based on smart table cloth equipped with a fine grained pressure textile matrix and a weight sensitive tablet. Unlike many other nutrition monitoring approaches, our system is unobtrusive, non privacy invasive and easily deployable in every day life. It allows the… (More)
Current technology supports only special-purpose, low-volume textiles, garments, and electronics. Moreover, the textile, electronic, and software industries have different product cycles, cultures, and price models, creating scores of practical problems for smart textiles. Mass producing smart cloth will require decoupling the textile production from… (More)
We build on previous work  that demonstrated, in simple isolated experiments, how head and neck related events (e.g. swallowing, head motion) can be detected using an unobtrusive, textile capacitive sensor integrated in a collar like neckband. We have now developed a 2nd generation that allows long term recording in real life environments in conjunction… (More)
There is a large class of routine physical exercises that are performed on the ground, often on dedicated "mats" (e.g. push-ups, crunches, bridge). Such exercises involve coordinated motions of different body parts and are difficult to recognize with a single body worn motion sensors (like a step counter). Instead a network of sensors on different body… (More)
We present a novel sensing modality for hands-free gesture controlled user interfaces, based on active capacitive sensing. Four capacitive electrodes are integrated into a textile neckband, allowing continuous unobtrusive head movement monitoring. We explore the capability of the proposed system for recognising head gestures and postures. A study involving… (More)