Date of Award

6-11-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Publisher

Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2019

Departments

Electrical and Computer Engineering; Computer Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Ahmed Amer

Second Advisor

Sarah Kate Wilson

Abstract

As a person works out, the threshold of lactic acid will build causing anywhere from discomfort to pain. Reducing the discomfort caused by lactic acid could greatly improve an individual’s performance while working out. Reducing this discomfort may be done through Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), which is the procedure of contracting muscles through sending electrical signals. Our team’s goal is to create LATS, a wearable and mobile application that alleviates discomfort and aids muscle recovery during the intense parts of a workout. The system consists of a heart rate monitor to measure lactic acid levels, a garment that is worn on the leg to stimulate muscles using EMS, and an app that allows the user to monitor their data. The user will control the hardware components through the app on their mobile device while exercising. Over time, our goal is that through the use of LATS, the user will be able to work through the muscle discomfort and push on to meet any workout goal that they set. While we were not able to carry out our test plan to reach any conclusive results, we hope to one day have approval from the Institutional Review Board to see just how effective our planned solution really is.

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