[Cyborg] heart rate from your wrist

Reto Stamm reto at retostamm.com
Fri Jun 29 17:57:32 UTC 2012

I just found the VitalSigns iPhone app from Philips yesterday.
It uses the video camera on the face to pull out pulse and breathing
rate, and works exceptionally well.


On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM, Eric Boyd <mrericboyd at yahoo.com> wrote:
> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alphaheartrate/alpha-the-holy-grail-of-heart-rate-look-ma-no-hand
> Anyone know anything about these guys?  They basically claim that with
> the addition of an accelerometer, they are able to get "EKG quality"
> heart-rate data using optical techniques on your wrist.  The
> accelerometer basically allows them to compensate for the effects of
> motion.  I'm a little skeptical, there many many teams working on this
> kind of thing, some for YEARS, and I haven't seen any successes yet...
> what makes their tech better?  It worries me that their "testing QA" is
> still in the future, I wonder how much testing they have actually done
> so far?  This tech is easy in theory, but super super difficult in
> practice...
> (see for instance https://mybasis.com/ - still letting you "Reserve Now"
> almost two years after the initially promised launch date... now
> refusing to even offer estimated launch dates... they do deserve some
> credit for NOT launching a half-baked crappy product, of course :-)
> Eric
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