To better evaluate the need for a motion sensor, Scenario 5 tested measurement technology both with and without an accelerometer. Figure 8 shows a comparison of the additive spectrum without corrected accelerometer data (left) and with corrected accelerometer data (right). The improvement of the signal becomes visible in the identification of the heart rate, which was not possible without an accelerometer’s support.
From the test cases, it can be concluded that in most cases, the heart rate can be determined very accurately with an integrated sensor in the earbuds. In the case of local or slow translational motions, the heart rate could even be determined without the use of accelerometer data. However, in the limiting case of abrupt and rapid motions, the comparison with motion-corrected data also permits interpretation of the data. The infrared signals were stronger than the red signals were in all cases.
In comparison to wrist measurements, the signal in the ear is stronger and thus enables more accurate measurements to be made. In addition, the use of red or infrared light allows for measurement of blood oxygen levels.
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