A Study of Electrode Locations for Design of ECG Monitoring Smart Clothing based on Body Mapping

심전도 모니터링 스마트 의류 디자인을 위한 바디매핑 기반 전극 위치 연구

Cho, Hakyung;Cho, Sang woo

  • Received : 2015.11.10
  • Accepted : 2015.12.22
  • Published : 2015.12.31


The increase in the need for a 24 hour monitoring of biological signals has been accompanied by an increasing interest in wearable systems that can register ECG at any time and place. ECG-monitoring clothing is a wearable system that records heart function continuously, but there have been difficulties in making accurate measurements due to motion artifacts. Although various factors may cause noise in measurements due to motion, the variations in the body surface and clothing during movements that cause eventual the shifting and displacement of the electrodes is particularly noteworthy. Therefore, this study used biomedical body mapping and a motion-capture system to measure and analyze the changes in the body surface and garment during movements. It was deduced that the area where the friction and separation between the garment and skin is the lowest would be the appropriate location to place the ECG electrodes. For this study, 5 male and 5 female in their 20s were selected as subjects, and through their selected body movements, the changes in the garment and skin were analyzed using the motion-capture system. As a result, the area below the chest circumference and the area below the shoulder blades were proposed as the optimal location of electrode for ECG monitoring.


body mapping;3D motion capture;skin change rate;clothing change rate;optimal location of electrode


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