MET calculations from on-body accelerometers for exergaming movements Conference Paper uri icon


  • The use of accelerometers to approximate energy expenditure and serve as inputs for exergaming, have both increased in prevalence in response to the worldwide obesity epidemic. Exergames have a need to show energy expenditure values to validate their results, often using accelerometer approximations applied to general daily-living activities. This work presents a method for estimating the metabolic equivalent of task (MET) values achieved when users perform exergaming-specific movements. This shows the caloric expenditure achieved by active video games, based upon raw gravity values of accelerations. Results show that, while a fusion of sensors monitoring the entire body achieves the best results, sensors placed closest to the primary location of movement achieve the most accurate approximations to the METs achieved per activity as well as the overall MET achieved for the soccer exergame under consideration. The METs achieved approach 7, the value considered to be actual casual soccer game play. 2013 IEEE.

name of conference

  • 2013 IEEE International Conference on Body Sensor Networks (BSN)

published proceedings

  • 2013 IEEE International Conference on Body Sensor Networks

author list (cited authors)

  • Mortazavi, B., Alsharufa, N., Lee, S. I., Lan, M., Sarrafzadeh, M., Chronley, M., & Roberts, C. K.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Mortazavi, Bobak||Alsharufa, Nabil||Lee, Sunghoon Ivan||Lan, Mars||Sarrafzadeh, Majid||Chronley, Michael||Roberts, Christian K

publication date

  • May 2013