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Assessing daily activities using a PPG sensor embedded in a wristband-type activity tracker
Due to the technological evolution on wearable devices, biosignals, such as intercardiac beat interval (RR) time series, are being captured in a non-controlled environment. These RR signals, derived from photoplethysmography (PPG), enable health status assessment in a more continuous, non-invasive, non-obstructive way, and fully integrated into the individual’s daily activity. However, PPG is vulnerable to motion artefacts, which can affect the accuracy of the estimated neurophysiological markers. This paper introduces a method for motion artefact characterization in terms of location and relative variation parameters obtained in different common daily activities. The approach takes into consideration interindividual variability. Data was analyzed throughout related-samples Friedman's test, followed by pairwise comparison with Wilcoxon signed-rank tests with a Bonferroni correction. Results showed that movement, involving only arms, presents more variability in terms of the two analyzed parameters.