Flexible force sensors embedded in office chair for monitoring of sitting postures

Ishaku, Amayikai A. and Tranganidas, Aris and Matúška, Slavomír and Hudec, Róbert and McCutcheon, Graeme and Stankovic, Lina and Gleskova, Helena (2019) Flexible force sensors embedded in office chair for monitoring of sitting postures. In: IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems, 2019-07-07 - 2019-07-10. (https://doi.org/10.1109/FLEPS.2019.8792250)

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Six flexible force sensors, two on the backrest and four on the seat, were embedded in the upholstery of an off-the-shelf office chair to enable non-intrusive monitoring of sitting postures. Besides the sensors, the monitoring platform comprises an Arduino Nano microcontroller with Wi-Fi transmitter, embedded on the chair, a Wi-Fi receiver communicating with a remote server and a Graphical User Interface (GUI) showing real-time readings. Approximately 26,000 observations corresponding to 9 different postures were collected, labelled and classified using supervised machine learning. The results show that only a subset of the 6 sensors is needed for predicting these 9 sitting postures with high accuracy. This opens up the possibility for intelligent, real-time monitoring systems that can improve safety and wellbeing of today’s office workers.