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Authors: Maria de Fátima Chouzal ; Maria Teresa Restivo ; Manuel Rodrigues Quintas ; Carlos Moreira da Silva ; Tiago Andrade and Maria Teresa Amaral

Affiliation: Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Keyword(s): Body fat percentage, Skinfold calliper, Digital sensing, Wireless data communication, Mechanical device, Automated process.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Biomechanical Devices ; Biomedical Engineering ; Biomedical Equipment ; Biomedical Instruments and Devices ; Devices ; Health Monitoring Devices ; Human-Computer Interaction ; Microelectronics ; Physiological Computing Systems ; Wireless Systems

Abstract: Nowadays, the assessment of body composition is of great meaning but traditional skinfold callipers recognized in the nutritional area have not been technologically updated to provide a more effective performance with greater accuracy, allowing automatic data processing and recording in a database, offering a more user friendly handling not requiring technicians with a high degree of expertise. In order to overcome many of these deficiencies a new instrument named Adipsmeter was designed and developed. A new mechanical skinfold calliper structure has been digitally instrumented for reading skinfold thickness and equipped with wireless communication capabilities with a personal computer where a software application, integrating a database, is installed and prepared for driving a technician along a specific protocol incorporating many regression equations used in current body fat measurement at an affordable price. Its measurement range is from 0 to 110 mm, consistent with a range of u se from children to obese individuals. Between the two opposing clamping surfaces mounted on its rigid arms the pressure has a constant value of 10 gf/mm2 in the whole measurement range. It has small dimension and weight and while being robust provides comfortable handling. The sensing system resolution is less than 0.1 mm, the wireless communication (MiWi) is suitable for healthcare environments, with 25 h of autonomy. The software application, with an intuitive and user friendly interface, is based in Visual Basic 2008. (More)


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Paper citation in several formats:
de Fátima Chouzal, M.; Teresa Restivo, M.; Rodrigues Quintas, M.; Moreira da Silva, C.; Andrade, T. and Teresa Amaral, M. (2011). ADIPSMETER - A New Skinfold Calliper System. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2011) ISBN 978-989-8425-37-9; ISSN 2184-4305, pages 174-178. DOI: 10.5220/0003140101740178

author={Maria {de Fátima Chouzal}. and Maria {Teresa Restivo}. and Manuel {Rodrigues Quintas}. and Carlos {Moreira da Silva}. and Tiago Andrade. and Maria {Teresa Amaral}.},
title={ADIPSMETER - A New Skinfold Calliper System},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2011)},


JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2011)
TI - ADIPSMETER - A New Skinfold Calliper System
SN - 978-989-8425-37-9
IS - 2184-4305
AU - de Fátima Chouzal, M.
AU - Teresa Restivo, M.
AU - Rodrigues Quintas, M.
AU - Moreira da Silva, C.
AU - Andrade, T.
AU - Teresa Amaral, M.
PY - 2011
SP - 174
EP - 178
DO - 10.5220/0003140101740178