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 Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 1 \section{Constrained User Studies} Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 04, 2018 2 \label{sec:experiment} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 06, 2018 3 Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 4 We now present results on the evaluation of our wearable prototype, used in constrained user studies performed in an office environment. The goals of these studies are to: (1) validate that the AoA-based directional strategy is capable of tracking normal user movements in an office, over different observation periods, and (2) understand the operation of the system when multiple (specifically 2) users are present. U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 06, 2018 5 Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 04, 2018 6 \subsection{Experiment Setup} Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 06, 2018 7 8 \begin{figure} \centering Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 9 \includegraphics[height=1.5in,scale=0.5]{setup.jpg} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 09, 2018 10 11 12 \vspace{-0.1in} \caption{Experimental setup for user study.} \vspace{-0.1in} Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 09, 2018 13 \label{fig:exprsetup} Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 06, 2018 14 15 \end{figure} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 06, 2018 16 We conducted all our experiments in a meeting room setup to mimic a typical Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 09, 2018 17 office working environment. Figure~\ref{fig:exprsetup} shows the setup--it it fairly similar to the WARP system setup in Figure~\ref{fig:antennaarray}, except that the room also contains a table where one or more users can perform their usual desk-based office chores, while wearing the \name wearable device. Because users can move their arms in many different ways, the harvested power fluctuates as well (unlike the case of the static clients evaluated in the previous section). Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 18 19 20 Unless otherwise stated, experiments are performed using an 8-antenna array on the WiFi AP. In these studies, the WiFi AP performs AoA estimation and adjustment of the beam orientation whenever it receives ping' packets from one or more wearable devices (i.e., whenever the wearable device undergoes significant movement"). Note that each antenna can transmit at a maximum power of 20 dBm (achieved when the antenna gain=63); to minimize interference, we limit the antenna gain to 35 (about half of the maximum power). Accordingly, the overall radiated power from the WARP-based AP is no more than approx. 400-450mW, which is well below the EIRP limit. U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 06, 2018 21 Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 07, 2018 22 %\raj{need more details here. what was being powered wirelessly? Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 06, 2018 23 Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 % We setup our experiment in a meeting room to simulate a office environment. % The antenna sets are placed at the 2 corners of the table (Figure % \ref{fig:exprsetup}). Ideally, the antenna array should be placed as shown % in Figure \ref{fig:exprsetupideal}, so that the AoA at the receiver and % transmitter are the same. However, even we use widely separated channels, % the interference is too strong, and the receiver cannot receive packets. In % the setup shown in Figure \ref{fig:exprsetup}, there is still interference % and it increases the packet drop rate, so we have to transmit 10 ping % packets once triggered instead of only 1 packet. % After estimation of the % AoA of ping packets, we then use triangulation to estimate the direction to % the transmitter antennas and then change the beam direction accordingly. % The distance between transmitter and receiver is 1m, the table width is % XXXm, and length is XXXm. Because the performance of AoA estimation % algorithm at extreme angle (0\degree or 180\degree) is poor, the receiver is % tilted about 35\degree to increase the overlapped coverage between % transmitter and receiver. % Because of interference between transmitter and receiver, we set the % transmission gain of 35 instead of a maximum of 63. Given that at maximum % power (gain of 63), each antenna can transmit 20dBm theoretically. % When we measure harvested power at fixed positions on the table, the energy % is much more than the power consumption of the wearable, so we want to test % evaluate how the wearing of the device affect the harvested energy. \subsection{Office--Short Term} Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 09, 2018 52 In our first study experiment, we investigate the amount of harvested power that is likely to be realized under normal working conditions, when a user works at his or her office desk. To perform this study, two users each sat at a work desk (located within the office room) at different times, performing their usual desktop-based tasks for an hour. Each user was free to get up and move around the room, but did not leave the office room. To isolate the harvesting behavior and compare it with the static case, we disable the RF frontend of the wearable--i.e., each wearable actively collects the accelerometer data, but does not perform a wireless transfer to the backend. Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 53 54 Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 06, 2018 55 56 \begin{figure} \centering Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 57 \includegraphics[height=1.6in,scale=0.2]{energy1hour.pdf} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 09, 2018 58 \vspace{-0.1in} Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 07, 2018 59 \caption{Residual energy after 1 hour at an office desk.} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 09, 2018 60 \vspace{-0.1in} Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 06, 2018 61 62 \label{fig:energy1hour} \end{figure} Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 Figure~\ref{fig:energy1hour} plots the average differential power (measured over the whole 1 hour) for the two users, and compares to a baseline where the wearable was left stationary. We see that one of the users has a surplus differential power, whereas the other user has a slight deficit ($\sim -10\mu$W). These differences are due to both the differing harvesting efficiency of the two receivers, as well as potential errors in the AoA estimation (which would lead to inaccuracies in the directed RF beams). Note, however, that in all these cases, the sensor+ microprocessor sub-systems are always on--the motion harvester is used only to trigger the ping' packets (i.e., the AoA recalibration), but not the sensing pipeline. Accordingly, these results represent a \emph{pessimistic} case, where the sensor is always on. Broadly, we see that the overall differential power surplus is significantly reduced (only around 30$\mu$W for user 1, compared to over 300$\mu$W for static clients (Figure~\ref{fig:residual1}), due to variations in the harvesting gain cause by both (i) random movements of the user's hand, and (ii) AoA estimation errors. However, the result does suggest that a WiFi harvesting-based wearable is likely to be usable in office environments. \subsection{Office--Longer Term} This next study is identical to the previous one, except that it involves only 1 user and is conducted over a longer observation period (4 hours), This larger observation period helps captures the user's natural movement dynamics over effectively one half of a typical working day: in this study, the user occasionally left the office room (e.g., to visit the restroom). For these study, we enabled both the continuous sensing and the periodic (once every 1.5 minutes) data transfer components. Accordingly, this study is meant to monitor the worst-case energy drain; in practice, a user will exhibit \emph{significant motion} only intermittently, and the sensing and data transfer overheads will thus be dramatically lower. Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 09, 2018 71 Figure~\ref{fig:energy4hour} plots the differential average power of the user, wearing the energy harvesting wearable. For a baseline comparison, we utilize a setting where the WiFi RF transmission are turned off--i.e., all energy harvesting is disabled. The baseline thus indicates the total average power drain on the wearable, in the absence of any energy harvesting. The figure shows that, in the absence of any harvesting, the wearable device drains approx. 65$\mu$W; in comparison, the power drain on the supercapacitor with harvesting enabled is only 20$\mu$W. The average power drain from the sensing+ data transfer components is 30 - 40$\mu$W because when the sensing is active, it will wake the microcontroller up to read the data and transfer the data to the RF module. Accordingly, as the use of motion triggering on these components will dramatically cut down this power drain, the overall harvesting power will become positive, allowing the wearable to operate continually. Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 72 73 \begin{figure}[!htb] Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 06, 2018 74 \centering Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 75 \includegraphics[height=1.7in, scale=0.2]{energy4hour_neg.pdf} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 09, 2018 76 \vspace{-0.1in} Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 08, 2018 77 \caption{Consumed energy after 4 hour at an office desk.} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 09, 2018 78 \vspace{-0.1in} Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 06, 2018 79 80 \label{fig:energy4hour} \end{figure} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 06, 2018 81 Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 % AM: next figure doesn't say anything useful--so it is commented % \begin{figure} % \centering % \includegraphics[scale=0.25]{accelerometer.pdf} % \caption{Accelerometer data recorded by our wearable device.} % \label{fig:accel4hour} % \end{figure} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 06, 2018 89 Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 % AM: Overnight charging experiment could not be conducted--hence, commented for now. % \subsection{Overnight Charging} % \begin{figure} % \centering % \includegraphics[scale=0.5]{placeholder.pdf} % \caption{Charging overnight. Use it the entire daytime.} % \label{fig:overnight} % \end{figure} \subsection{Office: Multi-user} Tran Huy Vu committed Apr 09, 2018 100 We finally experimented with the case where two users occupied the office room concurrently. The two users performed their task under two different AP operatinal modes: (a) the time-multiplexed mode where the entire 8-antenna beam was directed at each wearable in round robin fashion, and (b) the concurrent mode, where each user was continuously targetd by a 4-antenna beam. For each of these two modes of operation, the two users were collocated for a total duration of two hours (i.e., the overall study duration was 4 hours), with 1 hour of being in close proximity (working side by side, with a separation of 0.8 m), followed by 1 hour where they worked farther apart (separated by a distance of 1.5 m). Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 Figures~\ref{fig:2usertime} and~\ref{fig:2userseparated} plot the case for the time-multiplexed and concurrent mode of AP operation, respectively. We see that, as expected, the differential power is net negative: this is expected, as the wearable has its sensing and data transfer components enabled continuously, without any motion-based triggering. However, the differential power deficit is only around 40 $\mu$W (for either user) in the concurrent mode, whereas one of the users experiences a higher deficit (close to 85$\mu$W) when working further away from the other user, in the multiplexed mode. These findings corroborate our earlier observation (in Section~\ref{sec:multiuser}) that the mutliplexed mode is preferable only when the wearables are closer to each other. \begin{figure*}[!tbh] \centering \begin{minipage}{.48\textwidth} \centering Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 109 \includegraphics[height=1.8in, width=3in]{2user_time.pdf} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 09, 2018 110 \vspace{-0.1in} Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 111 112 113 114 115 \caption{Power drain (2 users) in Multiplexed mode.} \label{fig:2usertime} \end{minipage}% \begin{minipage}{.48\textwidth} \centering Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 116 \includegraphics[height=1.8in, width=3in]{2user_neg.pdf} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 09, 2018 117 \vspace{-0.1in} Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 118 119 120 \caption{Power drain (2 users)in Concurrent mode} \label{fig:2userseparated} \end{minipage} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 09, 2018 121 \vspace{-0.1in} Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 \end{figure*} % \begin{figure} % \centering % \includegraphics[scale=0.25]{2user_neg.pdf} % \caption{Beam adaptation for multi-user scenarios with separate beams.} % \label{fig:2userseparated} % \end{figure} % \begin{figure} % \centering % \includegraphics[scale=0.25]{2user_time.pdf} % \caption{Beam adaptation for multi-user scenarios with time multiplexing.} % \label{fig:2usertime} % \end{figure} U-RAJESH-SIS\rajesh committed Apr 06, 2018 137 Archan MISRA committed Apr 09, 2018 138 Overall, the experimental studies suggest that WiFi-based energy harvesting is likely to prove sufficient for wearable-based inertial sensing monitoring, at least in office environments, provided (i) the wearable device activates its sensing and data transfer pipeline only \emph{on-demand}, when a significant motion event is detected, and (ii) the WiFi AP changes mode dynamically, based on the relative distance/separation between the wearable devices. Of course, larger-scale deployments, involving dozens of office workers observed over several days, are needed to establish the real-world operating characteristics more precisely. This will, however, require campus-wide deployment of our `power packet' transmitting APs.