Some of you may have seen the recent issue on Biosensing and Hacking Your Body (Electrical) Measurement in Issue 29 of Make Magazine, others may have purchased and experimented with Health/and Fitness Appliances like Fitbit, the Zeo Sleep Monitor, Polar Heart Rate Sensors, Seeedstudios Pulse Oximeter for the Gadgeteer, or EEG Headgear from Neurosky and Emotiv.
Until now many of these devices have delivered their health and fitness information only to Silo Applications, on the Web a PC or Smart Phone. I am proposing an Open Source Project for the .Net Gadgeteer which could log all data from both DIY Analog electrophysiological Sensors (like GSR, or EMG, or Heart Rate) and Digital Appliances available to the Quantified Self/Self Monitoring Community. I believe that the availability of an Open Source Data Aggregator would benefit both the hobbyist community, all those interested in Digital Health and at the same time point out all of the capabilities of .Net Gadgeteer for serious protyping and development.
The initial functionality of a System built out of Gadgeteer Hardware and Software Components might include:
To collect data from Physiological Sensors (e.g., GSR,EEG,Seeed Studio’s Pulse Ox Sensor) via both Analog and Serial/Digital Data Ports
To graph that Data On An Oscilloscope Like Display (At Least Initially On The T35 LCD perhaps some time in the future on a Tablet/or Smart Phone-like Device.
To Time Stamp Data via the Real-Time Clock Calls In Gadgeteer/.Net Micro
To record data in some standard format (perhaps EDF+ the format Sleep Labs and European Brain Research Labs Use and which was mentioned in a Circuit Cellar Article for EEG Data Storage).
To upload data to an Internet of Things Site like Pachube or NIMBITS for further analysis and remote retrieval and/or display).
I became interested in this project as a result of research I did many years ago on Eye Tracking while in Graduate School and an article I co-authored with Sean Montgomery in Issue 26 of Make Magazine
I have some additional documents that I presented on such an Open Source Aggregator Concept in PDF format that I can share with interested others.
I would like to invite all .Net Gadgeteer Makers to participate in this project first by posting on this forum and then participating in the project and sharing thoughts on a wiki to be established for this purpose.