The potential of MP3 compression of surface myoelectric signals is explored in this paper. MP3 compression is a perceptual-based encoder scheme, used traditionally to compress audio signals. The ubiquity of MP3 compression (e.g., portable consumer electronics and internet applications) makes it an attractive option for remote monitoring and telemedicine applications. The effects of muscle site and contraction type are examined at different MP3 encoding bitrates. Results demonstrate that MP3 compression is sensitive to the myoelectric signal bandwidth, with larger signal distortion associated with myoelectric signals that have higher bandwidths. Compared to other myoelectric signal compression techniques reported previously (embedded zero-tree wavelet compression and adaptive differential pulse code modulation), MP3 compression demonstrates superior performance (i.e., lower percent residual differences for the same compression ratios).

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Keywords data compression, electromyography, MP3, MPEG, myoelectric signals, remote monitoring, telemedicine
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/IEMBS.2011.6091242
Conference 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2011
Citation
Chan, A. (2011). Compression of surface myoelectric signals using MP3 encoding. Presented at the 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS 2011. doi:10.1109/IEMBS.2011.6091242