A Lightweight and Affordable Sleep Quality Monitoring and Visualization System with a GSR Sensor for Users in Rural Areas to Facilitate Tele-Health

  • Yang Du
  • Qiming Sun
  • Kou Wang
  • Tiffany Y. TangEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11582)


Having quality sleeping is very critical for individuals to maintain a healthy life. Over the years, thanks to the big advances in wearable and sensing technologies, a wide variety of wearable devices had been pushed to the market. However, for rural users including those in China, these devices are still largely inaccessible. In this paper, we describe the development of a lightweight and affordable real-time sleep monitoring system to serve such purpose. To significantly reduce its cost, a galvanic skin response sensor (GSR) was adopted. GSR sensor can be used to measure the conductivity of the skin and has been widely adopted in physiological assessment. In order to study the feasibility of our system, we performed two small pilot tests and obtained promising results.

The lightweight system is especially valuable in providing affordable solutions to Chinese users in rural areas where the higher-end wearable devices are not accessible. Meanwhile, the data could be automatically generated and sent to doctors in a remote site for further medical analysis as well.


Sleep quality Galvanic skin response (GSR) Monitoring Visualization Tele-health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yang Du
    • 1
  • Qiming Sun
    • 1
  • Kou Wang
    • 1
  • Tiffany Y. Tang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Media Lab, Department of Computer ScienceWenzhou-Kean UniversityWenzhouChina

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