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On the use of barometric sensors to track human activity

Abstract : Barometers are among the oldest engineered sensors. Historically, they have been primarily used either as environmental sensors to measure the atmospheric pressure for weather forecast, or as altimeters for aircrafts. With the advent of MEMS-based barometers and their systematic embedding in smartphones and wearable devices, a vast breadth of new applications for the use of barometers has emerged. For instance, it is now possible to use barometers, in conjunction with other sensors, to track and identify a wide range of human activity classes. However, the effectiveness of barometers in the growing field of human activity recognition critically hinges on our understanding of the numerous factors affecting the atmospheric pressure, as well as on the properties of the sensor itself-sensitivity, accuracy, variability, etc. This review article thoroughly details all these factors and presents a comprehensive report of the numerous studies dealing with one or more of these factors, in the particular framework of human activity tracking and recognition.
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Ajaykumar Manivannan, Wei Chien Benny Chin, Alain Barrat, Roland Bouffanais. On the use of barometric sensors to track human activity. Sensors, MDPI, 2020, 20 (23), pp.6786. ⟨10.3390/s20236786⟩. ⟨hal-03031690⟩



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