[Cyborg] Building a home polysomnograph to record heart rate, blood oxygen while you sleep.

ben lipkowitz fennfoot at gmail.com
Wed Jun 8 23:38:00 UTC 2011

i think john is right. i was talking to some guys from fujitsu a the QS 
conference about pulse monitoring; the tech is literally just an LED and a 
photodiode and can be measured multiple places, not just the fingertip. i 
think not being able to bend your finger will get annoying, and the 
CMS-50E will slip off unless it is taped on. because of these problems, 
the fujitsu guy had built a plastic ring that held the photodiode and LED, 
with a flat flex cable running to the TI EZ430 watch demo platform, which 
is ~$40 and has a wireless USB connection and various other sensors built 
in as well.

On Wed, 1 Jun 2011, John E wrote:

> Kevin,
> +1 Its a good idea, and can be made surprisingly cheap.
> The trick for Spo2 measurement is buy the sensors, and make the
> measuring electronics yourself. TI offers Hardware Development kits
> for medical applications that might help.
> Regards,
> John
> On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 6:18 PM, Eric Boyd <mrericboyd at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Hey, great idea, it'd be super awesome to have a USB-capable pulse-oximetry
>> device.  I haven't heard of such a thing, at any price, though you're
>> probably right that expensive ones exist.  I once hacked a cheap ($30)
>> finger-clamp one in order to get out the heart-beat information, but
>> basically all I did was wire into the LED display - it had a little display
>> with 5 LEDs serving as a kind of bar-graph display for the signal from the
>> heart, so all I did was wire into the 3rd and 4th LED, and feed that into
>> the digital pins on my microcontroller.  Easy hack.  But I imagine it
>> wouldn't be that much harder to find e.g. the control circuitry for the
>> display and reverse it to get out the characters that are being shown (and
>> thus the oxi-reading).  Feed that into a new Uno arduino and you could write
>> the USB-interfacing stuff.  I'd love to help but sadly I'm in Toronto now.
>> Hopefully someone will step forward to help you out!
>> Eric
>> On 6/1/11 8:31 PM, Kevin Burton wrote:
>> Hey gang.
>> Long story short.  I'm a data/fitness/compsci geek.
>> I've been aggressively tracking all of my body telemetry as part of my long
>> term project to improve my health (and live at peak physical condition).
>> Here are a few links:
>> http://feedblog.org/2011/04/19/on-polysomnographs-apnea-oximeters-ant-and-data-recorders/
>> http://feedblog.org/2011/04/17/reflecting-on-my-recent-sleep-experiments/
>> http://feedblog.org/2011/03/29/the-horrible-problem-of-synchronized-fitness-data/
>> http://feedblog.org/2011/03/19/my-quantified-self/
>> I'd like to now build a cheap home polysomnograph.
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polysomnography
>> I did a bunch of research and a professional ONE NIGHT visit to a sleep
>> clinic to get a polysomnograph is $2500.
>> So what I want to do is basically buy a cheap oximeter to measure blood
>> oxygen and heart rate.
>> A recent paper was released showing that oximetry is the leading indicator
>> of apnea and that this $2500 polysomnograph is just a waste of money (I can
>> find the link if someone wants it but I have to track it down).
>> But these oximeters are cheap... $24.
>> http://www.google.com/products/catalog?client=safari&rls=en&q=oximeter&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=312759277086602921&sa=X&ei=I9nmTZ3zEoT0swPxpOSKCw&ved=0CJIBEPMCMAE#ps-sellers
>> The problem is that none of them have PC integration support.  There is a
>> chinese company that has one for USB but Windows only drivers and it's $150.
>> These are designed to be spot monitors.
>> I think the reason is that the market for more professional ones is like
>> $500-1000 for "professional" home monitoring.
>> What I'd like to do is buy one of these cheap ones and mod the hardware to
>> interface with USB and then publish the specs on how to mod them.
>> I'm not a hardware hacker though... nor do I have any real motivation to
>> work on hardware.  This is a one time project.
>> Any pointers?  I can do the software and analytics component of this and
>> will volunteer myself as a guinea pig.  I just need a USB interface for the
>> oximeter data..
>> Kevin
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