EQS-Band Human Body Communication through frequency hopping and MCU-Based transmitter

Abdelhay Ali*, Amr N. Abdelrahman, Abdulkadir Celik, Ahmed M. Eltawil

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Abstract

Human Body Communication (HBC) is an emerging technology that uses the human body as a communication channel. It offers significant advantages over traditional RF techniques in terms of power consumption and security. In recent developments, Electro-quasistatic HBC (EQS-HBC) in the frequency band below 1 MHz has been employed to enable communication without signal radiation beyond the body, effectively turning the body into a wired communication medium. This paper delves into the application of the EQS band for HBC. Experimental results show the determinantal effect of intermittent noise that sporadically disrupts communications across the band of interest. To address this challenge, we introduce an innovative frequency-hopping transceiver system, which allows the transmitter to seamlessly adapt to different frequencies. In addition, we present a miniature transmitter design, incorporating a simplified micro-controller unit (MCU) to facilitate the implementation of HBC. Furthermore, to validate this proposed design, we present a fully functional prototype of an HBC system that effectively employs frequency hopping techniques for practical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100471
JournalSmart Health
Volume32
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2024

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Keywords

  • Electro-quasistatic HBC
  • Frequency hopping
  • Human Body Communication
  • Wearable device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Information Management

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