Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Committee Chair

Emil Jovanov

Committee Member

Aleksandar Milenkovic

Committee Member

Rhonda Kay Gaede


Internet of things., Embedded Internet devices., Patient monitoring.


This thesis evaluates the feasibility and effectiveness of smart physiological sensors embedded in smart objects of everyday use. The wide acceptance of Smart Stuff, our term for intelligent objects integrated into Internet of Things (IoT), opens new opportunities in various application fields such as healthcare and smart homes. With the proliferation of IoT platforms, there is an opportunity for embedded physiological monitors in everyday devices. We designed and developed The Touch and Pulse Sensor (TAPS) that integrates a photoplethysmographic (PPG) and capacitive touch sensor (for detection of handling), and integrated the sensor with the smart water bottle. We ran a pilot study with 11 subjects to collect typical usage patterns and effectiveness of vital sign monitoring. We received very promising results. The bottle was used 15.3 times per day for 35 s per event on average, and we were able to reliably detect heart rate 45.1% of the event duration.



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