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Special Section Technical Briefs

Design and Analysis of a Sensor-Enabled In-Ear Device for Physiological Monitoring1

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Kira Erickson, Molly McMahon, Lucy E. Dunne

Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel,
University of Minnesota,
St. Paul, MN 55108

Christopher Larsen, Brian Olmstead, Jeremy Hipp

Honeywell International, Inc.,
Minneapolis, MN 55422

DOI: 10.1115/1.4033200Manuscript received March 1, 2016; final manuscript received March 17, 2016; published online May 12, 2016. Editor: William Durfee.The United States Government retains, and by accepting the article for publication, the publisher acknowledges that the United States Government retains, a nonexclusive, paid-up, irrevocable, worldwide license to publish or reproduce the published form of this work, or allow others to do so, for United States government purposes.

J. Med. Devices 10(2), 020966 (May 12, 2016) (2 pages) Paper No: MED-16-1149; doi: 10.1115/1.4033200 History: Received March 01, 2016; Revised March 17, 2016

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Right earpiece of device (right) with example of correct insertion and left earpiece of device (left) with example of correct insertion

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Fig. 2

Dimensions of the heart rate earpiece (left) and the measurements taken from participants' ears (right)

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Participant comfort ratings of earpieces

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Poor fit of the left earpiece in a participant's ear (left) and correct fit of the right earpiece in a participant's ear (right)

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