Examining Wristband Wearables for Resilience and Work-Load Monitoring
In the past two decades miniaturized sensor and monitoring technology integrated in easy–to–wear wristband wearables are developed and represent a great opportunity for advancing Resilience and Mental Health of our military that experience high workload and stress and are sensible to its negative consequences. Before the implementation of interventions that rely on wearables and their suggested capabilities, it is important to gain insights into the reliability of such technology. To that aim, we tested in a first step available of-the-shelf wearable wristband sensor–systems and compared the assessed sensor output with a reliable ground truth. More specifically, in a first experiment, the Apple Watch (AW), Microsoft Band (MSB), and Fitbit Surge (FBS) were worn by Eight participants during different in– and out–door activities, like walking, running, biking, and stair walking. The results showed that the parameters of all wearable systems, such as, heart rate, steps and distance vary considerably around the ground truth during tasks that required body movement. However, during the rest conditions (i.e., sitting on chair, standing) the heart rate and actigraphy was considered more reliable .
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Proceedings of the International COMEDS Workshop on “Biosensors supporting Healthcare in Missions - Consolidating and Defining the Possibilities of Implementation”; 18-20 May 2021. Online; Koblenz, Germany