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Soft Electronics Enabled Ergonomic Human-Computer Interaction for Swallowing Training

Lee, Yongkuk, Nicholls, Benjamin, Lee, Dong Sup, Chen, Yanfei, Chun, Youngjae, Ang, Chee Siang, Yeo, Woon-Hong (2017) Soft Electronics Enabled Ergonomic Human-Computer Interaction for Swallowing Training. Scientific Reports, 7 . Article Number 46697. ISSN 2045-2322. E-ISSN 2045-2322. (doi:10.1038/srep46697) (KAR id:61078)


We introduce a skin-friendly electronic system that enables human-computer interaction (HCI) for swallowing training in dysphagia rehabilitation. For an ergonomic HCI, we utilize a soft, highly compliant (“skin-like”) electrode, which addresses critical issues of an existing rigid and planar electrode combined with a problematic conductive electrolyte and adhesive pad. The skin-like electrode offers a highly conformal, user-comfortable interaction with the skin for long-term wearable, high-fidelity recording of swallowing electromyograms on the chin. Mechanics modeling and experimental quantification captures the ultra-elastic mechanical characteristics of an open mesh microstructured sensor, conjugated with an elastomeric membrane. Systematic in vivo studies investigate the functionality of the soft electronics for HCI-enabled swallowing training, which includes the application of a biofeedback system to detect swallowing behavior. The collection of results demonstrates clinical feasibility of the ergonomic electronics in HCI-driven rehabilitation for patients with swallowing disorders.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1038/srep46697
Uncontrolled keywords: HCI, dysphagia, swallowing training, rehabilitation
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Jim Ang
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2017 17:34 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:26 UTC
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Nicholls, Benjamin.

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Ang, Chee Siang.

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