Authors: Kazuya Sato; Masanori Tanaka
Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saga University, Saga, Saga 840–8502, Japan ' Department of Advanced Technology Fusion, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saga University, Saga, Saga 840–8502, Japan
Abstract: It is known that sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) is a serious problem in developed nations. According to the statistics data, it is said that SAS patient has a traffic accident-generation risk of approximately three times in comparison with non-SAS patient. The device which it is simple and is easy to use should be developed to prevent the SAS situation for the mild and moderate patients. In this paper, we develop an automatic judgement system of apnea state for a SAS patient and an adaptive control of a robotic arm system which stimulates turning over in bed for SAS patients only using non-contact type sensors. Experimental results are given to show the effectiveness of our developed equipment.
Keywords: sleep apnea syndrome; SAS prevention; robotic arms; healthcare technology; adaptive control; non-contact sensors; robot motion; robot control; snoring monitoring; sleeping posture.
International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, 2015 Vol.6 No.4, pp.184 - 192
Received: 14 Mar 2015
Accepted: 19 Jun 2015
Published online: 25 Oct 2015 *