Towards a wearable sensor for spectrally-resolved personal light monitoring

Forrest Simon Webler*, Giorgia Chinazzo, Marilyne Andersen

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Given the large impact that the spectrum and intensity of light can have on people's health and well-being, it is of fundamental importance to understand the properties of light received under normal living conditions. Historically, as research into the biological responses of light has traditionally focused on laboratory studies with controlled lighting conditions, little is known about people's light exposure outside of experimental environments. Spectrace is the first wearable compressive spectrometer designed for continuous spectral light tracking in everyday environments. This paper presents the sensor and its evaluation based on wearability considerations and three performance criteria: 1) its accuracy (in terms of spectral sensing capability), 2) its reliability (notably as far as directional response is concerned), and 3) its adaptability to the large dynamics of ambient conditions. Results show the potential use of the newly developed sensor for chronobiological studies and beyond.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012120
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 18 2021
Event2021 International Hybrid Conference on Carbon Neutral Cities - Energy Efficiency and Renewables in the Digital Era, CISBAT 2021 - Lausanne, Virtual, Switzerland
Duration: Sep 8 2021Sep 10 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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