The 3rd International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement is taking place on June 17-19 in Amherst, MA, and Shimmer will be in attendance to showcase our broad range of wearable sensing capabilities.
At our booth, we will be available to demonstrate our full range of wireless sensing hardware and supporting applications, and answer any questions visitors may have.
This year’s conference themes include Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep Measurement. The conference hosts speakers from some of the top universities and medical centres worldwide including Stanford University and Harvard Medical School.
If you wish to hear more about Shimmer, we will be presenting a brief introduction and overview to Shimmer’s capabilities and product offerings on Tuesday 18th June at 11am during the exhibitor and sponsor session. During this presentation, we will highlight recent developments and releases, as well as previewing some of the features of the upcoming Shimmer 3 platform.
The conference will be held from June 17-19, 2013 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA. To contact us in advance or to arrange a meeting please email email@example.com – we hope to see you there!
As results vary for athletes engaging in strength and conditioning exercises, a student at the National University of Ireland, Galway, has recently developed a Shimmer and LabVIEW based virtual assistant to aid users with their training and with monitoring their performance.
The system uses Shimmer sensors to record the athlete’s range of motion and deliver real-time biofeedback. The aim is to assist athletes of varying skill levels and to maximize their performance, when engaging in strength and conditioning exercises.
The system provides ongoing feedback on the user’s progress and can make users aware of their I-Rep Max (maximum amount of weight one can lift in a single repetition); it also shows the user in real-time whether dangerous movements are being recorded and if exercises are being done safely.
Recently, we had an opportunity to discuss the system with it’s designer Martin O’ Reilly, to understand its merits and to determine how the Shimmer LabVIEW based system was put together.
The system developer had a range of experience in the area of personal training in advance of delivering this system. As well as studying for a B.E. in Sports and Exercise Engineering, Martin had access to Olympic athletes and biomechanics experts who helped him evaluate ideas during development.
Taking this level of expertise into account, it was noted by Martin that the Shimmer hardware and its use with LabVIEW made building this type of system less challenging and allowed it to be delivered in a short time period.
The Shimmer sensors provided data detailing the athlete’s range of motion, and the provision of the Shimmer LabVIEW Library from Shimmer allowed this data to be used quickly and effectively with LabVIEW. The “graphical programming method was very intuitive and allowed me to test ideas faster using visuals”.
For users who have less experience with signal processing, Martin also noted that the calibration of the Shimmer sensors was made easy by using the Shimmer 9DoF Calibration Application. A steady routine of charging the units and ensuring they had been calibrated produced the desired data output for the project.
The system needed to be useable across a range of athletes and with different exercises as Martin aimed to “create a technology solution without athletes necessarily having to use a personal trainer”. Martin was able to leverage both the LabVIEW library and the Shimmer LabVIEW library throughout the development process and he inserted front panel objects and PNG images to deliver an attractive UI.
A key benefit of the system that Martin was pleased with is the ability to auto store the data. The real-time transmission of this data from the Shimmer 9DoF sensors to the LabVIEW system where it can be stored makes users more aware of their improvements as they resume training sessions in the future. From work out to work out the system tells you “exactly what you should lift and how you should lift it”.
The color coded system also allows the user to monitor their tempo while performing exercises. An athlete can select a training goal as: ‘Strength’, ‘Power’ or ‘Size’ and this will affect parameters such as their tempo guide, the weight they should lift and the target number of reps and sets.
Martin has plans to add more exercises to the system which will allow it to be used in other scenarios outside of strength and conditioning specifically.It has also been mentioned that a more mobile or Android based version of the system could be pursued in the future along with incorporating additional sensing parameters like EMG or ECG.
At this stage however, it is clear that future revisions of this system will only increase its appeal to a wider range of end users.
See full details on Martin’s system via the project poster page or to ‘Rate’ this project as part of LabVIEW’s Student Design Competition (must be logged into NI account), please click the links below.
At Shimmer we are committed to the advancement of body worn sensing. We strive to make the Shimmer platform, its firmware and its associated application development tools a complete wearable wireless sensor package, enabling users to collect data that is important to them.
In the past few weeks we have been previewing screenshots and images on our Facebook and Twitter channels, from a host of exciting new software offerings and supporting tools that our technical team have been working on. We are happy to announce that the wait has come to an end and that Multi Shimmer Sync for Android, ShimmerLog, SDLog Firmware and BTStream Firmware are now available.
At Shimmer we are excited to see these items being released to the community allowing our users to further unlock the potential of the Shimmer platform. These tools will give each type of user the opportunity to focus more time on interpreting their sensor data and converting it into actionable information, as opposed to spending time on device preparation and connectivity.
Whether you are using Shimmer for Clinical Data Capture, Mobile Data Capture or Autonomous Data Capture each of these releases will offer users more flexibility whilst making the data collection process more efficient and cost effective.
This application is ideal for users looking to develop mobile based Shimmer sensor applications where simultaneous data capture from multiple sensor units is required
ShimmerLog is a solution for configurable data capture to the shimmer SD card. Logging to the Shimmer microSD card has advantages over Bluetooth streaming in that it removes restrictions associated with limited radio range.
This featured firmware release from Shimmer allows Shimmer2 and Shimmer 2r users to readily set-up their application specific to capturing data to the microSD card. It is recommended that it is used in conjunction with ShimmerLog.
This featured firmware release from Shimmer includes additional commands and features for users who are capturing and streaming sensor data in real-time using Bluetooth.
For more detailed information on each of these items the Shimmer blog features each individual release, or, if you have any specific questions relating to the new releases feel free to contact us as always on firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year saw the release of Multi Shimmer Sync for Windows from Shimmer. This was the first offering from Shimmer as part of its advanced feature software range designed to address specific application and user needs.
This year we are following that release with the launch of Multi Shimmer Sync for Android. Our newest software offering provides as much flexibility to synchronize Shimmer data as before but now gives Shimmer users the opportunity to do this using a mobile device that is running the Android operating system.
With the understanding that many of our users require data capture solutions which allow for greater mobility, Multi Shimmer Sync for Android is now available to download from the Shimmer download section of the website. The evaluation version of the application can be accessed from the Google Play store.
In scenarios where data is being captured from a single individual or as part of a larger trial, the Multi Shimmer Sync for Android solution offers greater freedom than its Windows counterpart. The mobility offered by Android devices allows for data capture beyond the range offered by the Bluetooth radio when connecting to fixed or immobile computing devices.
This allows for greater mobility during data capture and allows for simple remote monitoring out of the lab or clinical setting. With Multi Shimmer Sync for Android users can obtain real-world data in authentic living environments which benefit the person capturing the data whilst providing a true reflection of daily events to the data analyst.
Users can capture sensor data and send it on the go from a mobile device, this allows for the development of end user applications in a mobile context in a way that is simple and intuitive to the user.
Driven by feedback from existing users, researchers and companies alike, advanced feature software offerings aim to improve the quality and ease of data collection for research and ongoing application development.
Advanced feature software applications from Shimmer are available to individuals, groups, and organisations via our online e-store.
Visit the Multi Shimmer Sync for Android product page to read more, download an evaluation copy of the software, and watch a video demonstration.
As part of a suite of new releases and refinements to what we currently offer at Shimmer, a new Windows application to assist users in logging to the microSD card is now available.
The application known as ShimmerLog will allow for the configuration of Shimmer units for data capture direct to the mircoSD card housed within the Shimmer device.
The development of this application came from feedback from Shimmer users who choose to utilize the local storage that is available on the Shimmer platform, a requirement often associated with longitudinal studies.
Proximity to a host device is not constantly required when using the ShimmerLog application, providing flexibility to the user and their data capture efforts. Using ShimmerLog, in conjunction with the SDLog firmware, offers the benefit of more power efficient data capture over longer periods, as opposed to continuous streaming via Bluetooth.
The application gives users the freedom to define and save the configuration of a trial so that a trial can be labelled and easily repeated at a later time.
The design also makes it possible for all captured data in an application to be exported in raw or calibrated format to a standard text editing application like Open Office or MS Excel.
ShimmerLog facilitates the use of the microSD card associated with the main Shimmer unit freely, and in a way that is simple to use and hassle free. A user can employ this data capture method quickly and within a short time frame to begin capturing wearable wireless sensor data for their application.
Shimmer has released the SDLog firmware which works in conjunction with the ShimmerLog software application featured above. The firmware, which is available for Shimmer 2 and Shimmer 2r devices packs in some new features for those Shimmer users wishing to log data to the microSD card.
For more information about the new SDLog
firmware from Shimmer please visit the Firmware section of the website
For a step by step tutorial or for more information about ShimmerLog
visit the product page here
To support the continuing improvement of our Bluetooth streaming solutions Shimmer has now released BTStream firmware which is available to application developers and website members. It incorporates various changes and improvements to the previously available streaming firmware from Shimmer (boilerplate firmware).
The new firmware will offer more control to Shimmer users and allow them to maximize Shimmers performance in their specific sensing application. The firmware improves the features associated with using Bluetooth and will be of benefit for those who wish to capture data and transmit it in real-time to a host device.
In conjunction with the BTStream firmware release we have also updated and improved our instrument drivers:
• Battery monitoring/Low battery notification
• Improved GSR calibration
• Support for stored ECG and EMG calibration values
• Reading FW Version from Shimmer
• Improved HR calculation (8bit to 16bit)
We have also made changes to the ShimmerConnect and the C# source code. ShimmerConnect implements the same features and functionality associated with other instrument drivers as well as the reading of calibration parameters from Shimmer memory and the plotting and logging of calibrated data.
To avail of the changes that have been made to these instrument drivers please visit the relevant page below:
At Shimmer we recently concluded our annual customer survey which we release to our users in an effort to guide the future direction of the Shimmer platform and Shimmer products and services.
This year saw the largest number of responses since we first conducted our customer survey (2010), receiving a wide range of suggestions and feedback from over 26 different countries.
For some more information on how and what the platform is being used internationally, please see some the survey findings below:
Action will be getting underway internally over the coming months to deliver new products and services for Shimmer users. In addition to this we will be enhancing the feature sets of our applications to reflect the excellent feedback we have received.
Thank you once again to every one of the participants and should you have any future suggestions or should you like to discuss Shimmer with us we would be happy to hear from you – contact us on email@example.com as always!
This year we offered those who completed our Shimmer User Survey a chance to win a Google Nexus 7 tablet. The winner would also receive the tablet with our latest Multi Shimmer Sync for Android application pre-loaded.
We would like to congratulate the winner of the prize this year Periklis Vlachakis of S.M.A.R.T. Physio, who is a Shimmer user based in Greece.
Periklis and his co-founder Athanasios Trampas noted that their clinic makes extensive use of the Shimmer products on assessing musculoskeletal disorders, including low back pain, patellofemoral pain syndrome and shoulder impingement by synchronising EMG units and a 3d video motion analysis system.
The 10th Annual Body Sensor Networks Conference 2013 is taking place on May 6 – 9 in Cambridge, MA, and Shimmer will be in attendance to showcase our broad range of wearable sensing capabilities.
This year’s conference will highlight the revolution in physiological monitoring and intervention, driven by advanced signal processing and information extraction. Body Sensor Networks (BSN) are enabling technologies for precision healthcare, enhanced sports and fitness training, novel life-style monitoring, and individualized security.
Our booth will be located in the main break area on May 8th from 8.30am – 5.30pm. We will have members of our Shimmer Engineering and Applications team on hand to demonstrate our full range of wireless sensing hardware and supporting applications, and answer any questions visitors may have.
We will also be demonstrating our new applications for Android devices, logging, and updated firmware for the very first time to the public. Attendees will get to see and interact with the latest applications and features first hand, and discuss their uses with our application engineers.
On Thursday 9 May, Shimmer will host a workshop after which attendees will understand how they can use and reuse the Shimmer platform to create custom sensing solutions in clinical, mobile, or longitudinal study settings without low-level firmware engineering expertise.
The workshop will be led by Ben Kuris, CTO, Shimmer, and Karol O’Donovan, Lead Applications Engineer, Shimmer, with presentations and demonstrations by Shimmer users from
During the interactive portion of the presentation, attendees and users can explore Shimmer applications using Android devices (provided by Shimmer). There will also be time for questions and an open discussion with all presenters.
Exclusive Details: Attendees to the workshop will be exclusively informed of future developments for the Shimmer platform, and upcoming releases and developments of Shimmer Software Applications and Solutions.
The conference will be held from May 6 – 9, 2013 at the MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA. To contact us in advance or to arrange a meeting please email firstname.lastname@example.org – we hope to see you there!
To register for the event please see the BSN website at www.bsn2013.org
Researchers at the University of Qatar recently completed work on the creation of a real-time and robust human fall detection system, which incorporates Shimmer sensors as part of their overall solution. The intelligent system, which not only detects the occurrence of a fall but also the strength of a fall, can be used in remote home monitoring environments.
The project attempted to distinguish the difference between Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and when a fall took place. For the project, researchers addressed the challenges associated with this by using a time-frequency processing method, a database using ADL scenarios for comparison, and an optimum threshold method.
In addition to the techniques listed above, another part of the process also incorporated an intelligent sensor fusion and alerting system that could be used to transfer valuable information to a doctor, nurse or relative upon the detection of a fall.
Overview of the accelerometer signal processing method
When asked about choosing Shimmer sensors for this project, those participating in the development of the application confirmed that Shimmer sensors showed great performance throughout the development of the code and the creation of the database. The Shimmer platform was chosen over other available embedded options because it has many useful integrated sensors and available expansion modules that can be added to the system to further enhance future iterations.
Bluetooth connectivity made it easy to connect the platform to the host computer and send acceleration and ECG data in real time. In addition to this the participants were able to charge multiple sensor units at the same time when needed.
Utilizing the Shimmer LabVIEW library the research group could readily avail of the tools LabVIEW has to offer, leaving more time to focus on the development of their application code and the data being captured.
The LabVIEW system design and development environment is a powerful tool that can be used for a host of real-life applications. All of the sub VIs responsible for connecting the Shimmer sensors, managing the data acquisition and other functionality are made freely available to Shimmer users as part of the Shimmer LabVIEW library.
Those participating on the project confirmed that the LabVIEW tools available from Shimmer made the whole process much more “simple and hassle free”.
“We could concentrate more on creating the code for our project, rather than trying to figure out the connectivity of the Shimmer platform”.
Screenshot of the system’s LabVIEW interface
This project was accomplished by students at the University of Qatar and is functional today with an accuracy level of 93%. In the image above ECG signals are being analyzed alongside the accelerometer data, which provides greater context to the data when and if a fall takes place. With the addition of more sensor parameters in the future this kind of fall detection system can be further enhanced providing an even more robust home monitoring system.
To view the project poster for this application please click here
For more information about Shimmer and any of the Shimmer sensors or application development tools mentioned above contact us on email@example.com
We have recently released the new and improved Shimmer Multi Charger Unit which allows users to charge up to 6 Shimmer units at a time. The new Multi Charger includes a number of new features from its predecessor.
In the past users could reset all 6 docked units via the pin hole reset, this has now been replaced with a reset button for greater ease of use, which can be seen to the left hand side of the unit in the image below.
The unit also includes the addition of a ‘chain terminal’ that is fitted on the underside. In order to simultaneously reset more than 6 Shimmer units the user can link two or more chargers by wiring the ‘chain terminal’ in parallel as illustrated in the image below. When all Shimmers have been reset simultaneously, users can carry out an internal timestamp synchronisation technique in an effort to optimize the accuracy of the synchronization.
For more information see the Shimmer Multi Charger product page here.