MedBuds: In-Ear Inertial Medication Taking Detection Using Smart Wireless Earbuds

Murtadha Aldeer, David Waterworth, Zawar Hussain, Tahiya Chowdhury, Christian Brito, Quan Z. Sheng, Richard P. Martin, Jorge Ortiz

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Abstract

Wireless earbuds are gaining in popularity these days, especially for smart mobile phone pairing. Some of these devices are getting smart as they embed motion sensors to monitor head and mouth movements. The embodiment of these sensors can enable important mobile health applications such as medication adherence monitoring. Existing solutions are often focused on capturing hand gestures associated with medication retrieval and thus they are inaccurate and do not detect med-ication ingestion. Other solutions use neck-worn systems which make them uncomfortable and socially unacceptable. In this paper, we present MedBuds, a smart system for medication-taking activity detection using earbud embedded IMUs and a pairing device (e.g., a smartphone). To evaluate our approach, we conducted preliminary experiments examining semi-medication-taking activities (i.e. swallowing) and non-medication-taking activities (speaking and chewing). Our results show the possibility of distinguishing between these activities with more than 84 % accuracy. We believe that by coupling MedBuds with other monitoring techniques (e.g. smart pill bottles), the overall performance of medication adherence monitoring systems can be improved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2nd International Workshop on Cyber-Physical-Human System Design and Implementation, CPHS 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages19-23
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781665482035
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event2nd International Workshop on Cyber-Physical-Human System Design and Implementation, CPHS 2022 - Virtual, Online, Italy
Duration: May 3 2022 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2nd International Workshop on Cyber-Physical-Human System Design and Implementation, CPHS 2022

Conference

Conference2nd International Workshop on Cyber-Physical-Human System Design and Implementation, CPHS 2022
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityVirtual, Online
Period5/3/22 → …

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Modeling and Simulation

Keywords

  • earbuds
  • medication adherence
  • pill taking

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