This paper presents the design and characterization of a compact wearable system for long-term assessment of skin potential response, with the aim of monitoring mental stress in a variety of applications. Literature reports that the expected skin potential has peak-to-peak amplitudes of few millivolts in the frequency band [0.1, 10] Hz. The designed system is characterized by a slightly wider bandwidth of [0.08, 40] Hz, and it is based on a 12-bit ADC working with a sampling rate of 200 Sa/s, which can be increased up to 3.5 kSa/s. Data can be continuously acquired for up to 40 h with a battery of 3.7 V/1800 mAh. A Graphical User Interface was also developed for the host computer in .NET framework. The system, to our knowledge the first example of wearable endosomatic electrodermal activity sensor, joins to several skin conductance wearable measuring systems recently proposed in literature, and opens up opportunities for future comparisons of endosomatic and exosomatic responses in real life. The device is thoroughly characterized in accordance with the state-of-the-art of the metrological research in the field.
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