Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
The purpose of this project was to design and build an automatic cough counting device for canines. In collaboration with veterinarians from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, we developed a device that distinguishes coughing from barking, and automatically displays the number of coughs. The device is protected by a water-resistant, drop-proof custom case, and can withstand loads above 120N. To optimize wearability, the device is attached to a harness that can be easily changed. Our test results conclude that the device has a sensitivity and specificity of 85% and 88%, respectively. This project was successful in distinguishing coughing from barking, and automatically detecting and displaying the total number of times the dog coughed without interfering in its daily activities.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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