Heart rate measurement from fingertip



Introduction

Heart rate measurement indicates the soundness of the human cardiovascular system. This project demonstrates a technique to measure the heart rate by sensing the change in blood volume in a finger artery while the heart is pumping the blood. It consists of an infrared LED that transmits an IR signal through the fingertip of the subject, a part of which is reflected by the blood cells. The reflected signal is detected by a photo diode sensor. The changing blood volume with heartbeat results in a train of pulses at the output of the photo diode, the magnitude of which is too small to be detected directly by a microcontroller. Therefore, a two-stage high gain, active low pass filter is designed using two Operational Amplifiers (OpAmps) to filter and amplify the signal to appropriate voltage level so that the pulses can be counted by a microcontroller. The heart rate is displayed on a 3 digit seven segment display. The microcontroller used in this project is PIC16F628A.

Heart rate measuring device using PIC16F628A

Theory

Heart rate is the number of heartbeats per unit of time and is usually expressed in beats per minute (bpm). In adults, a normal heart beats about 60 to 100 times a minute during resting condition. The resting heart rate is directly related to the health and fitness of a person and hence is important to know. You can measure heart rate at any spot on the body where you can feel a pulse with your fingers. The most common places are wrist and neck. You can count the number of pulses within a certain interval (say 15 sec), and easily determine the heart rate in bpm.

This project describes a microcontroller based heart rate measuement system that uses optical sensors to measure the alteration in blood volume at fingertip with each heart beat. The sensor unit consists of an infrared light-emitting-diode (IR LED) and a photodiode, placed side by side as shown below. The IR diode transmits an infrared light into the fingertip (placed over the sensor unit), and the photodiode senses the portion of the light that is reflected back. The intensity of reflected light depends upon the blood volume inside the fingertip. So, each heart beat slightly alters the amount of reflected infrared light that can be detected by the photodiode. With a proper signal conditioning, this little change in the amplitude of the reflected light can be converted into a pulse. The pulses can be later counted by the microcontroller to determine the heart rate.

Fingertip placement over the sensor unit

Circuit Diagram

The signal conditioning circuit consists of two identical active low pass filters with a cut-off frequency of about 2.5 Hz. This means the maximum measurable heart rate is about 150 bpm. The operational amplifier IC used in this circuit is MCP602, a dual OpAmp chip from Microchip. It operates at a single power supply and provides rail-to-rail output swing. The filtering is necessary to block any higher frequency noises present in the signal. The gain of each filter stage is set to 101, giving the total amplification of about 10000. A 1 uF capacitor at the input of each stage is required to block the dc component in the signal. The equations for calculating gain and cut-off frequency of the active low pass filter are shown in the circuit diagram. The two stage amplifier/filter provides sufficient gain to boost the weak signal coming from the photo sensor unit and convert it into a pulse. An LED connected at the output blinks every time a heart beat is detected. The output from the signal conditioner goes to the T0CKI input of PIC16F628A.

IR sensors and signal conditioning circuit

The control and display part of the circuit is shown below. The display unit comprises of a 3-digit, common anode, seven segment module that is driven using multiplexing technique. The segments a-g are driven through PORTB pins RB0-RB6, respectively. The unit’s, ten’s and hundred’s digits are multiplexed with RA2, RA1, and RA0 port pins. A tact switch input is connected to RB7 pin. This is to start the heart rate measurement. Once the start button is pressed, the microcontroller activates the IR transmission in the sensor unit for 15 sec. During this interval, the number of pulses arriving at the T0CKI input is counted. The actual heart rate would be 4 times the count value, and the resolution of measurement would be 4. You can see the IR transmission is controlled through RA3 pin of PIC16F628A. The microcontroller runs at 4.0 MHz using an external crystal. A regulated +5V power supply is derived from an external 9 V battery using an LM7805 regulator IC.

Microcontroller and Display Circuit

Update (04/20/2013)

The sensor and signal conditioning unit used in this project is improved further and the new design is available for purchase as Easy Pulse (see picture on left). The Easy Pulse sensor is designed for hobby and educational applications to illustrate the principle of photoplethysmography (PPG) as a non-invasive optical technique for detecting cardio-vascular pulse wave from a fingertip. It uses an infrared light source to illuminate the finger on one side, and a photodetector placed on the other side measures the small variations in the transmitted light intensity. The variations in the photodetector signal are related to changes in blood volume inside the tissue. The signal is filtered and amplified to obtain a nice and clean PPG waveform, which is synchronous with the heart beat. Click here for more info.

Software

The firmware does all the control and computation operation. In order to save the power, the sensor module is not activated continuously. Instead, it is turned on for 15 sec only once the start button is pressed. The pulses arriving at T0CKI are counted through Timer0 module operated in counter mode without prescaler. The complete program written for MikroC compiler is provided below. An assembled HEX file is also available to download.

/*
  Project: Measuring heart rate through fingertip
  Copyright @ Rajendra Bhatt
  January 18, 2011
  PIC16F628A at 4.0 MHz external clock, MCLR enabled
*/

sbit IR_Tx at RA3_bit;
sbit DD0_Set at RA2_bit;
sbit DD1_Set at RA1_bit;
sbit DD2_Set at RA0_bit;
sbit start at RB7_bit;
unsigned short j, DD0, DD1, DD2, DD3;
unsigned short pulserate, pulsecount;
unsigned int i;
//-- ------------ Function to Return mask for common anode 7-seg. display
unsigned short mask(unsigned short num) {
 switch (num) {
 case 0 : return 0xC0;
 case 1 : return 0xF9;
 case 2 : return 0xA4;
 case 3 : return 0xB0;
 case 4 : return 0x99;
 case 5 : return 0x92;
 case 6 : return 0x82;
 case 7 : return 0xF8;
 case 8 : return 0x80;
 case 9 : return 0x90;
 } //case end
}

void delay_debounce(){
 Delay_ms(300);
}

void delay_refresh(){
 Delay_ms(5);
}

void countpulse(){
 IR_Tx = 1;
 delay_debounce();
 delay_debounce();
 TMR0=0;
 Delay_ms(15000);  // Delay 1 Sec
 IR_Tx = 0;
 pulsecount = TMR0;
 pulserate = pulsecount*4;
}

void display(){
  DD0 = pulserate%10;
  DD0 = mask(DD0);
  DD1 = (pulserate/10)%10;
  DD1 = mask(DD1);
  DD2 = pulserate/100;
  DD2 = mask(DD2);
  for (i = 0; i<=180*j; i++) {
    DD0_Set = 0;
    DD1_Set = 1;
    DD2_Set = 1;
    PORTB = DD0;
    delay_refresh();
    DD0_Set = 1;
    DD1_Set = 0;
    DD2_Set = 1;
    PORTB = DD1;
    delay_refresh();
    DD0_Set = 1;
    DD1_Set = 1;
    DD2_Set = 0;
    PORTB = DD2;
    delay_refresh();
    }
  DD2_Set = 1;
}

void main() {
 CMCON = 0x07;    // Disable Comparators
 TRISA = 0b00110000; // RA4/T0CKI input, RA5 is I/P only
 TRISB = 0b10000000; // RB7 input, rest output
 OPTION_REG = 0b00101000; // Prescaler (1:1), TOCS =1 for counter mode
 pulserate = 0;
 j = 1;
 display();
 do {
  if(!start){
   delay_debounce();
   countpulse();
   j= 3;
   display();
  }
 } while(1);  // Infinite loop
}

Download Source and HEX files

Output

The use of this device is very simple. Turn the power on, and you will see all zeros on display for few seconds. Wait till the display goes off. Now place your forefinger tip on the sensor assembly, and press the start button. Just relaxed and don’t move your finger. You will see the LED blinking with heart beats, and after 15 sec, the result will be displayed.

References

The following papers were used as reference in making this project.

Design and development of a heart rate measuring device using fingertip by Hashem, M.M.A.  Shams, R.  Kader, M.A.  Sayed, M.A., International conference on computer and communication engineering, 2010.

Heart rate measurement from the finger using a low cost microcontroller by Dogan Ibrahim and Kadri Buruncuk.

Important note:

I am adding these paragraphs to provide further detail on the sensor and signal conditioning part of this project.

The harder part in this project is the signal conditioning circuit that uses active low pass filters using OpAmps to boost the weak reflected light signal detected by the photo diode. The IR transmitting diode and the photo diode are placed closely but any direct crosstalk between the two are avoided. Look at the following pictures to see how I have blocked the direct infrared light from falling into the adjacent photo diode. Besides, surrounding the sensor with an opaque material makes the sensor system more robust to changing ambient light condition. I have used separate IR diode and photo diode, but you can buy reflective optical sensor systems that have both the diodes assembled together. Here’s an example from Tayda Electronics.

The 150 ? resistance in series with the IR diode is to limit the current and hence the intensity of the transmitted infrared light. The intensity of IR light should not be too high otherwise the reflected light will be sufficient enough to saturate the photo detecting diode all the time and no signal will exist. The value of this current limiting resistor could be different for different IR diodes, depending upon their specifications. Here’s my practical test circuit that I used to find the appropriate value of the series resistor for the IR diode I used.

First I used a 68 ? resistor with a 470 ? potentiometer in series with the IR diode. Placing a fingertip over the sensor assembly, I slowly varied the potentiometer till I found the output LED blinking with heartbeat. Then I measured the equivalent resistance R and replaced the 68 ? and the potentiometer with a single resistor closest to R. But you can also keep the potentiometer in your circuit so that you can always adjust it when needed. You should keep your fingertip very still over the sensor while testing. Once you see the pulses at the output of the signal conditioning circuit, you can feed them to a microcontroller to count and display.

See the revised version of this project,

Easy Pulse: A DIY photoplethysmographic sensor for measuring heart rate

Easy Pulse board

 

715 comments

  • I don’t understand “a and a’” in your circuit
    I see your code have variable TMR0=> what is it?
    And I don’t understand the function of “j” in your code.
    Can you explain to me. please!!!!!thank a lots
    email: hoanglock1993@gmail.com
    Thank you again!!!!!!!!
    ^^

  • Please sir or anyone send the full materials for the project including complete circuit diagram. Urgent.
    to my email muhdkhairi28@yahoo.com

  • Sir ,
    Can i use 8051 microcontroller instead of pic 16f628a ?
    if yes could you please send me the code for 8051?
    -Sriharan

  • i used this project for my final year project in electronics & communication engineering in diploma . this is best project for me ,so thank u for it,
    but i one question in this file this programme of microcontroller is right for this project

  • What are the necessary changes on the program if we want to use p89v51rd2bn as the microcontroller for this project?

  • Respected Sir,

    Very well project i want to make this projecr for my final year project so please send me all the detail related to this project in my mail id.

    mackpatel0@gmail.com

  • pls help me for finding other sensors & different other ways for detecting heart beats.

  • Sir , i have a problem with this project ….some errors are generated during building process like…”sbit” found…syntax error …please help me to complete this project

  • I need details for making this project asap..pls mail me on khansamrin61@yahoo.in

  • Pls provide the details without using fingrtip..here is mail id..khansamrin61@yahoo.in

  • Pls provide the complete detail of this project without using fingertip,list of components,software required for programing,etc…i need every everysingle detail urgently…i wanna make a good project…pls mail me as soon as possible…Here my mail id….khansamrin61@yahoo.in

  • Need thethe details fr dis project but measuring it via hand not finger..pls guide me.asap

  • may you please send me the full heart rate monitor based on pic 877a schematic.

  • Excellent project sir …. i made the signal conditioning circuit (i havent yet made the microcontoller assebmly) and just to verify before going further i gave a base drive to BC547 (using 5 v dc supply) and put my finger on the sensor to check whether the led blinks or not … its blinks only when power is switched on and off and stays off for the rest of the time …. why has that happened ? Is it because as u said the IR led light may be too much which saturates the photodiode ? also i wanted to ask whether using electrolyte instead of ceramic capacitor effects the circuit or not bcoz i have used 100nF capacitors (having no polarity as per your diagram) ELECTROLYTE in the signal conditioning circuit …

  • I created the PCB project of Heart Rate. The problem though is that by entering the PIC in the circuit and energizing it does not work. I checked the sensor and conditioning circuit works well and also diasplay viewing is done well. The problem is that when I load the file with the programmer gives me an error in the CONFIG WORD. Unchecking it says to write it. Using the software PROGPIC2. Help me. Answer me by email. Thank you very much.

  • i want change my code to pic18f558 how to change it

  • hy,

    can you sent me full specification. please on my email rari2911@yahoo.com

  • Can a zigbee module be added to this sensor circuit so that the results can be transmitted to a computer for further analysis.

  • and can you give complain about connecting displays? I cannot understand well from english so it’ll be a picture it’ll be so nice ;) . nico_n3003@yahoo.com :D

  • can you gave me pic that you are welding the circuit diagrams? pls

  • i had finalise my coding this project using LCD display…can you please tell any mistake…

    sbit IR_Tx at RA3_bit;
    sbit start at RB0_bit;
    unsigned short pulserate, pulsecount;

    sbit LCD_RS at RB2_bit;
    sbit LCD_EN at RB3_bit;
    sbit LCD_D4 at RB4_bit;
    sbit LCD_D5 at RB5_bit;
    sbit LCD_D6 at RB6_bit;
    sbit LCD_D7 at RB7_bit;
    sbit LCD_RS_Direction at TRISB2_bit;
    sbit LCD_EN_Direction at TRISB3_bit;
    sbit LCD_D4_Direction at TRISB4_bit;
    sbit LCD_D5_Direction at TRISB5_bit;
    sbit LCD_D6_Direction at TRISB6_bit;
    sbit LCD_D7_Direction at TRISB7_bit;

    void delay_debounce(){
    Delay_ms(300);
    }

    void delay_refresh(){
    Delay_ms(5);
    }

    void countpulse(){
    IR_Tx = 1;
    delay_debounce();
    delay_debounce();
    TMR0=0;
    Delay_ms(15000); // Delay 1 Sec
    IR_Tx = 0;
    pulsecount = TMR0;
    pulserate = pulsecount*4;
    }

    char message1[] = “Beatpermi”= Hz”;
    char *bpm = “000″;

    void Display_Freq(unsigned int freq2write) {
    bpm[0] = (bpm2write/100)%10+ 48; // Extract hundreds digit
    bpm[1] = (bpm2write/10)%10 + 48; // Extract tens digit
    bpm[2] = bpm2write%10 + 48; // Extract ones digit

    Lcd_Out(1, 11, freq);
    }

    void main() {
    CMCON |= 7; //Disable comparator
    TRISA = 0b00110000; // RA4/T0CKI input, RA5 is I/P only
    TRISB = 0b00000001; // RB0 input, rest output
    OPTION_REG = 0b00101000; // Prescaler (1:1), TOCS =1 counter mode
    pulserate=0;
    Display_Freq(pulserate);

    Lcd_Init(); // Initialize LCD
    Lcd_Cmd(_LCD_CLEAR); // CLEAR display
    Lcd_Cmd(_LCD_CURSOR_OFF); // Cursor off
    Lcd_Out(1,1,message1); // Write message1 in 1st row

    do {
    if(!start){
    delay_debounce();
    countpulse();
    Delay_ms(1000); // Delay 1 Sec
    Display_Freq(pulserate);//TMR0@countpulse@pulsecount@pulserate
    }
    } while(1); // Infinite loop
    }

  • can you give some clues to make this project to LCD interface?please….

  • Can I use this to hand? ( can i use this for measure the pulse rate in hand ) :)

  • PLEASE SEND ME proper circuit diagram of sensor circuit

  • i can not run this circuit

  • Hi sir/anyone over here, could you please send me the full explanation/circuit for this project urgently?
    Noorsuwwan@hotmail.com

  • Sorry, but I forget to Mention my e-mail
    it’s: alo2-1992@hotmail.com

  • Please could you send me the circuit and the pic code for 16F877A
    Thanks

  • hello sir
    you can send me the complete circuit of the project?
    mehmetemincakiroglu@gmail.com

    thanks

    • pls sir send the full materials for the project including complete circuit diagram. here is my mail – See more at:

  • Can anyone plz tell me how do we connect the heart beat sensor to AT89C51 controller… Plz its really very urgent

  • hi,
    you can send me the complete circuit of the project?
    fede0022@icloud.com
    thanks

  • hi.i’m from korea. i really want your project. so please Please send me details of your project…….
    I’m willing to do a similar project in your project… please please…. ㅠㅠ

  • GOOD WORK! COULD you please give the specific numbers identifying the IR and the photo diode. we cant just pick any. help. urgent please. my email : juliusmuriithi90@yahoo.com

  • GOOD WORK! COULD you please give the specific numbers identifying the IR and the photo diode. we cant just pick any. help. urgent please.

  • Yaw Owusu Mensah

    Please Sir, i would like to know if we could use PIC16F877A for this project.

  • Can I use LM358 in stead of mcp602

  • please I need help , I was trying to apply this project but on PIC16F877A , the OP-AMP works very well but when I connect its output to RA4 (TMR0) of the pic it doesn’t work , this is part of the code :

    void main ()
    { TRISA = 0b00010000;
    TRISB = 0b11000000;
    PORTB = 0;
    OPTION_REG = 0b10110000; // prescaler(1:1) , TOCS = 1 (counter mode)
    INTCON = 0×20;
    CMCON = 0×07; // disable comparators

    while(1)
    {
    if(portb.f6==1)
    {
    TMR0 = 0;
    Lcd_Cmd(_LCD_CURSOR_OFF);
    delay_ms(500);
    Lcd_out(1,4,”Please Wait”);
    sensor = 1;
    delay_ms(30000); // wait for 30 seconds
    Lcd_Cmd(_LCD_CLEAR);
    sensor = 0;
    HR1_30sec = TMR0;
    HR1 = HR1_30sec*2;
    intToStr(HR1,show_HR1);
    delay_ms(500);
    Lcd_out(1,1,”Rest HR =”);
    Lcd_Out_Cp(show_HR1); }
    }
    it is supposed to write Rest HR = # on the LCD , but it shows Rest HR = 0
    can some one tell me how to solve this problem ?? please I need someone’s help as soon as possible

  • hello sir,
    please help me about the software intallation in PIC16F628A, i am unable to do this pls help me by step by step process. awaiting for your reply.please send me details as soon as possible.

    thanking you,

  • i have done the all only thing is the software i doesn’t know how to copy the program to PIC16F628A pls help me my mail id is viknesh440@gmail.com

  • muhammad usman iliyasu jen

    pls sir send the full materials for the project including complete circuit diagram.
    here is my mail jamilmammailmanjen@yahoo.com

  • I need this project document can someone send me this document please ?

  • I need this projects component list ,so please help me with that.

  • pls burn how to burn program in pic16f628a

    its urgent :)

  • Sir
    Can I use the LM358 in signal conditioning part and IC chip 89S51 as micro-controller part in the same circuit.
    if possible then what will be program and the hex code. please reply at moni.lipsa@gmail.com

  • display part is not working properly when transistors are connected

  • ohkay.. so i made the above design but i want to use it ATMEGA MCU not PIC controller. Im giving the output to the ADC of the controller and it not working right.

    Am i suppose to give the output of the conditioning circuit to the RX pin? Or to any other pin as a digital input?

    Would you please guide me with that?

    thank you :)

  • Sir..can I get the complete circuit that build using ISIS?
    because I used this for my final project..
    I’m begging u..I have face some problem when I built using ISIS..
    hope u can help me u can send it here : helmieyjb93@rocketmail.com

  • Sir,please help me.I want to do this project.so can you sent full details of the project. This is my email amerzab90@gmail.com

  • you can easily replace mcp602 by a HA17358 & PIC by a 8bit uc AT89C2051

  • sir,I build the Microcontroller and Display Circuit using Isis 7 professional.
    the problem is..the PIC16F628A in this software does not have 5 & 14. also does not have 3 digits CA-displays
    can u help me how to build the complete circuit using ISIS 7 professional.need A.S.A.P
    thx

  • can u send me a complete circuit using ISIS, if you please?
    this is my e-mail sasoy86@gmail.com

  • Hi….really love this project….my group and I are developing it for our final project….but the codes you’ve attatched was incomplete (our prof told us) … could u provide us with the complete codings, if you would send it here dyl_band93@yahoo.com….it would really help us… Thanks

  • sir, can you plese send me the list of component used in this project and ckt diagram

  • Sir,can u send me a complete circuit using ISIS?

  • can i get list all component uses in this project? thx

  • i am using mled. separately it is working.but when i connected in the circuit it s not working.please help me.

  • Hi

    You can take the BL600 Bluetooth Low Energy programmable module from Laird and replace the PIC with it.
    You then program it using BASIC language to to all the sensing and calculations.
    Then instead of displaying it, it sends the data wirelessly which can then be displayed/logged etc on an iPhone or any Bluetooth Smart Ready phone or tablet.

    The BL600 BLE module is not that expensive in 1-off quantities either and can be bought from many distributors.

  • Hello,Can I Get Name Of All Component Uses In This Project.
    Thx :)

  • sir can u post me the cir for this proj if u have any ppt or pdf pls my id (parthiban.j04@gmail.com)

  • nice idea, i like it … just wanted to ask u, is it possible to place the sensor at the foot or at the leg ? or it only work the best with the finger tip ?

    thanks alot,

  • i build this cct on proteius but sensor or optocoupler is not availble is proteius components list sooooooooo plzzzz tell me the better way or alternate the sensor plzzzzzzz

  • can we make it in hardware.if yes please send the ciruit diagram

  • Hello.
    Sir can i directly use SPO2 probe instead of IR sensor. Or can i send o/p signal to the GSM module instead of using 7-segment display?

  • The MCP6004/2 are not readily available where I live. Can i construct the signal conditioning circuits using an LM358 ?

  • sir, plz send me the circuit for amplification using instrumentation amplifier.. thanks

  • Can any one help me to make this type of project instead of using finger probe I want to use piezoelectric sensor does the input frequency remains the same? plz help my email is sa4shery@gmail.com thanks!

  • ami apnar project nie kaj korte chai (Heart rate measurement ) i have got a problem in 3 digit 7 segment display
    1. common anode 10 pins is not available in market , kon pin D0, D1,D2, abcdefg i dont indicate its.
    2. i have a 3 digit 10 pins common cathode 7 segment display , i also dont indicate D0,D1,D2 and abcdefg also (so ami ki 3 digit 10 pins common cathode er input invert kore babohar korle project milbe ) again ami pin gulo chinte parchina konta D0,D1,D2 and abcdefg

    i also dont have any data sheet of these ,
    please help me as soon.

    • I have a 7 segment display has 10 pins input.
      which pin is D0,D1,D2 and a,b,c,d,e,f,g of the ” 3 digit common cathode 7 segment display (HX04301BHB)” , 10 pins ?

  • please if any want to help on this mail msjarwo0@gmail.com
    I beg to send data to complete because the final project in my college.
    please

  • plz tel me wats the use of IR tx

  • sir i am greatly impressed by this project.i wanna utilize it.please send me the components as soon as possible.it’s urgent sir

  • Sir,please help me.I want to do this project.so can you sent full detais of the project..my mail:anandpp04@gmail.com

  • Hello. I’m willing to do a similar project in your project. Please send me details of your project.

  • hey can we do this project using an atmega128 development board?
    If some one can help me with the layout please.
    thanks!

  • great job :)
    Can replace MCP602 with Op-Amp 741 , if we can how configure 741 as active low pass filters with a cut-off frequency of about 2.5 Hz ??

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  • if I want make this idea by pic18f4520
    can I get any help from anybody , please ??

  • i am from Yemen, i can not found IC(MCP602), please tell me substitution for IC(MCP602)

    this my email eeezzh2@hotmail.com

  • sir please give me the component details……….. as soon as possible.

  • Sir, i like this project very much & wish to do it. so please give me the component details used in the circuit as soon as possible.

  • Hello. can u give me all component use? send at bungatebuan@yahoo.com

  • any one of you please send me hex file of making change of
    pulserate = pulsecount*4.2;
    at talhamalik331@gmail.com
    thanks in advance

  • Hello, may i have your project’s full details about listing of components and PCB Layout? This will be my email address, huisan1990@live.com.my. I will b grateful if u can send me as fast as possible. Thanks a lot sir.

  • DEAR SIR PLEASE TALE ME DISPLAY SEGMENT NUMBER AND PROCESS OF USING LT542 DISPLAY IN THIS CIRCUIT ?????

  • hello sir, how will i put the c program into my ic??

  • R-B the said you can use LM358 as an OP AMP instate of mcp602.

    did anyone try that and worked?

  • can i use 16F84A pic instead of using this pic?

  • Dear sir,
    The sensor successfully detected my heart rate; but, there was only a few mV at the pin TOCKI which is equivalent no output.

  • Muito obrigado por postar o circuito , fiz o projeto com base neste modelo , e realmente funcionou , muito util . Se alguem precisar posso disponibilizar a lista de componentes que usei . =)

  • equivalent for mcp602.

  • sir,
    can u tel me equivalent for mcp602. I wont get it. plz reply me..
    samzz.k4@gmail.com
    thank you sir..!

  • Sir, instead of PIC can i use msp430 as microcontroller? And if I do can you tell me what changes I need to make in this circuit?

    Thnx..waiting for reply..

  • dear sir, i hv found that there is only one LED in your schematics diagram but there is 2LEDs in your picture.Could you please explain to me…coz im a newbie in this field..?

  • sir,, i have questions about the sensor part of your project..
    do we really need specific IR and photodiode to acquire such accurate readings….coz in our case, it seems that the led is not blinking when we put our finger…

    .hoping for your answer thx…

  • Hi ,
    Thanks for this project. I am going to build this at home. Can you sent the full wiring details of your prototype? I cant see how you soldered behind on your breakout board. Please sent me underside picture of the breakout board.
    //regards,Jay

  • sir,
    can u tel me equivalent for mcp602 I wont get it. reply me quickly I have to finalise my project in three days. tel me the exact equivalent…………………pls

  • Sir,can you tell me what is the purpose of transistor connected between PIC16f628a and seven segment display?…

  • how to get the output on the laptop rather than on lcd screen ??

  • Sir,i am beginner in electronic engineering,my question is,why use the dual op amp with dc supply to amplify instead of ac supply?

  • Thanks for this project and i made this and working well. i took the sensor circuit and connected the o/p to CD4026 counter display driver IC because don’t have PIC. from 555 timer gave a pulse after 1 min to the counter IC to stop counting. there you are heart beat monitor without a PIC.

  • sir , can i use pic 16f877a , in this project ??

  • very nice project and excellent explanation , i which you give us more from your knowledge

  • Hello,sir I’m greatly impressed by this project. Sir i want data sheet & whole information about PIC16F628A . So please i request you help me about this problem.it may be send on my email: satishganjare96@gmail.com

  • I’m greatly impressed by the project can you send me the list of components for the same and the code involved…to jesins369@gmail.com

  • Samila Methmal De Silva

    Hello, I am intending to do this project.Can you help me with the BOQ of the items I’m gonna need?
    Thank you

  • Why would you reject my previous message where I exposed my doubts?
    Whatever…

  • Hi, I have several questions about the circuit you developed.

    1st: You say that the filters are low-pass filters but they cut the DC component of the signal… how can a low-pass filter block the DC component if they let the low frequency signals to pass by (DC component is aproximately 0 Hz)?

    2nd: Why do you use a 33? resistor in series with the photo sensor and a 150? in series with the IR transmitter?

    3rd: Why using two filters if one is just fine for doing the filtering job? You probably will tell me that it’s important using two of them because of the amplification (A=101*101?10000), but the signal is perfectly “visible”, it comes out of the photo diode in the order of Volts, or am I wrong?

    4rd: Why using a 100nF capacitor in parallel with Rf? Just to increase the order of the filter in one unit?

    I’m waiting for your answer. Thanks!

  • hello sir,
    i have chose heart rate measurement using fingertip as my mini project.fortunately got your thesis,i have done the hardware part but stuck with software as i want to interface lcd and pic but unable to get it.will u help me in software part??
    i ll post the code which i have used soon. eagerly waiting for your reply because i have only 4 days time.
    thank u

  • mr. R-B, need help please.. plu anyone has proteus design of this circuit please. can you email it to me? benjo_0_3@yahoo.com

  • can i ask the complete detail of the components? like the voltage of the capacitors used and what kind of IR diode.

    please email me at:benjo_0_3@yahoo.com

  • Sir,
    Instead of using the micro controller to read pulses, can i use an analog to digital converter ? I was planning to set a threshold value high enough to detect only the peaks. When the digital value exceeds that limit then a counter is incremented. At the end of 15secs, the present count value * 4 Should give me the heart rate ! Will this work ?

  • Dear Sir,

    I am a complete retard and moron like all the other people visiting this website.
    If you would be so kind to go out and buy all the parts, then design a PCB, and of course don’t forget to assemble it and adequately test it. When you finished, please write me a report, minimum 20 pages. Oh and btw send it to me in doc format so I can fill in my name.
    My project was due 2 days ago, so it would be great if you just hurried up.
    Oh and please rewrite the code to be cross compatible between PIC and Atmel and Stellaris and Windows and Mac. Unix is optional.
    I can’t pay for postage because I am a poor student with wealthy parents, but please deliver it to my front door. And while you are here, please make some dinner and read me a night time sleep story.

    Please hurry. It is really really urgent.

    You can send me email: Iamamoron@maximumretarded.com

    Then please send me some money so I can build it.
    AND I built it, but it don’t work. Can you tell me why? I put one finger in my ear and one finger up my nose, and it still don’t work.

    Thank you kindly dear sir.

    Mr Humpalot (Retarded students trying to copy for assignment)

    PS: IF ANY MORON READS THIS, READ IT CAREFULLY! THIS IS A SIMPLE DESIGN, WITH A SIMPLE CIRCUIT. IF YOU HAVE NO IDEA ON HOW TO CONSTRUCT SUCH ASSIGNMENT FOR YOUR UNI PROJECT, THEN YOU SHOULD NOT BE IN CLASS! THE CONTENTS AND INFORMATION PROVIDED HERE SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD BY FIRST AND SECOND YEAR UNI STUDENTS. STOP ASKING USELESS QUESTIONS AND TRY TO USE YOUR LITTLE BRAIN. YOUR BRAIN IS THERE TO USE AS A THINKING DEVICE. IF YOU STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND IT, QUIT UNI OR COLLEGE NOW! YOU ARE WASTING A LOT OF TIME! IT IS ANNOYING READING SO MANY USELESS COMMENTS!!!

  • Sir,

    I have another question : I am using a separate 3 seven segment display! But the outputs are not coming correct! Pl help sir . It’s urgent

    Also will this circuit work for tcrt5000???? Pl reply here or in my email id as soon as possible sir

  • Why did u use an active low pass filter?can I use a band pass filter as an average human heartrate lies between 60 to 100 bpm??

  • Why not use continuous signal? Why you should use the alternating signal?

  • dear RB
    I tried to build this project but the program code does not work .please send me the code to (asayemen@hotmail.com)
    thank you.

  • hello, just wondering if the circuit works on a 9v or 12v power supply?why did you choose 5v?

  • send to my email. adit_731@yahoo.com
    thank’s before sir.

  • dear R-B

    I was made this project completely. but it doesn’t work. and the IR not any current. do you mind if you send the PCB lay out to me..please.

  • How can I build this program In “PIC18F4520″ …. I Face Some Hardness !!!!!

  • sir, i have opted this project as my minor project, so i need your help regarding proteus simulation of this project.My email id is “kapoor1439@gmail.com”
    thank you sir

  • Hey, I need the proteus simulation of the “Heart rate measurement from fingertip”…I will be very grateful to you if anyone send it to me.Thank you…Here is my Email address: shreya.sarker@gmail.com

  • hello what is the frequency of the ir and photo diode and what is the specificATION TNX…

  • has any one done its simulation in proteus please give me that link or mail me on aliasif181@gmail.com

    i have registered that project for semester but its simulation is not working please give its simulation>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • 1]Can you tell me the difference between and HEART RATE & PULSE RATE?
    2]Can we measure Hear rate using Red Led and LDR?like placing finger on LED??
    3]I got op from this ckt(using LED & LDR)..so what is that Pulse Rate? or Heart Rate

    REPLY ON ajay.wagh@vit.edu.in

  • sir this is very good, asap i not getting output only i am getting 4 in display board,i have changed the display board 3 digit to single single display (3),for each divided is there any mistake

  • Hi RB, Is there any way i can simulate this project in proteus 7.7 design suite. Thanx.

  • is there any other way to build this project without the OPAMP because i couldn’t find it.

  • Sir can u let me no which pins are D0,D1 and D2 of LEDs used in dis project. N m using lt542 ..so which pins corresponds to dem?

  • Hi, I am making a similar project to this which you have done, can you email me the project details e.g. component list, circuit diagram and report. Asap Many Thanks

  • Dear Sir,I want to measure the heartbeat along with the detection of blood oxygen saturation using this same project…What should I do then??

  • please send me the details of this project.., thanks

  • Hi
    I’ve encountered a problem in the circuit
    Please help me with a complete map of the circuit to my email
    Thanks

  • olha eu to querendo desenvolver esse projeto vc poderia me imformar quanto vc gasto nesse projeto com componentes e tudo mais?
    e tbm gostaria que me enviasse o link para eu baixar o mikro C compiler pois eu só tenho o pcw compiler e nele o programa nao compila
    desde já muito obrigado…

  • HELLO SIR,

    Its nice to see ur project, and we are interested in this,
    we have completed ur analog part according to ur testing ckt

    QUAREY:- CAN WE CONVERT THE CODING INTO AT-MEGHA8L MICRO CONTROLLER

    OR
    HOW WE CAN CONVERT ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE TO C CODING (HEX FILE)

  • Hello, R-B,

    Would it be possible make this project without the 3-digit output by removing the connections to the microcontroller and grounding after the LED rather than connecting to ‘a’?

    This is for a lab for my AP Physics class and neither my lab partner nor I understand the coding for the microprocessor. I’m willing to leave learning that for another day if I can manage to make the LED flash with the pulse.

    Thank you very much for your time!

  • Sorry i’ve another quiz !! plz what the point ‘a’ mentioned in the first circuit refer to ?!

  • Thanks for help others. Here’s may e-mail: 3bdalla7@facebook.com

    please send my list of components and tell me if i can use PIC 16F877A instead of your PIC?

    Thanks for Your Great Work

  • CAN ANY1 PROVIDE ME CIRCUIT DISCRIPTION AND DESIGINING MAIL ME @mahfaraaz92@yahoo.com

  • Hello R-B,

    Can I change this PIC16F628A to a 18 series pic in this same project..?

    Many thanks

  • can you please send me the list of components
    email:prettygirl_zoha1@yahoo.co.in

  • sir,can u mail me the same project report and component list my mail id is abhisurve444@gmail.com………….also i want to know that may this project will run using microcontroller 8051

  • Hello everyone, I am a student ITIS electronics section. I really like this project and I would like to do for the dissertation. I only have a little curiosity to ask: I want to know what kind of Photodiode and IR diode did you use for the Place finger! Thank you all for your, hoped, help!
    Answer at robbrevi@hotmail.it

  • can you email me the details of this project!

  • i made all things that u show on the diagram and the blanking conditions but the led doesnt blink with heartbeats whats wrong?

  • i love dis project so very much, and i wish to try it. pls provide me wit the list of components used, emmimuta@gmail.com

  • Hello everyone, I am a student ITIS electronics section. I really like this project and I would like to do for the dissertation. I only have a little curiosity to ask: I want to know what kind of Photodiode and IR diode did you use for the Place finger! Thank you all for your, hoped, help!

  • Ok, some more info following my previous post. After hooking up my oscilloscope, probe one to output one and probe two to output two, it now works flawlessly. Dang analogue black magic :D No idea why that makes it work though so if anyone could educate me that would make me happy :)

  • Bah, I meant lm324 of course, I always mix those up…

  • Hi there,
    Thanks for posting this first of all and then of course the questions ;)

    I built this up on a breadboard just to try it out real quick and it’s working, mostly. The problem I have is that it is a bit intermittent. I place my finger on the sensor and the LED pulses in synch with my heart (I didn’t bother adding the micro and readout yet), then I lift the finger and place it back, now it longer registers. However, if I keep my finger on the sensor and then briefly touch any of the leads (resistors, caps whatever) in the circuit it will start working again…

    Any ideas on what might be happening there? If it makes any difference I’m using an LM317 which was the only opamp in DIP I had at hand.

  • Hey , thanks for this wonderful project. Works really fine and runs with ease.. but have to improvise.. the sennsor was not available .. so have to make our own. Except for that everythinng is okay and we used a pot instead of 150 ohm resistor.
    Thanks for this… :)

  • Also i am getting ultra high results on seven segment display like 400 or more…I redid the circuit third time but nothing changes.

  • Hi,i have the same problem with farhang,i am using lm358 and tcrt1000 and everything else is same with what you have used..Any suggestions?

  • Hi,very iteresting project,i made it actully i desin a cicuit board and i put everything together i works,it shows zeros, but when i put my finger on the sensores there is no pulse,but when i move my finger led blinks,please could you tell me whats my problem, ive cheked eveythings few times its ok. thanks

  • whoops.. pardon for what i said about RA5 about it being the pulse source. I meant pulse input. lol.. My program is still a mess and forgot to clean it up before posting it here.

  • ‘I wrote this in Mikrobasic:

    ‘Program created by Engr. Gerald Tiocson
    ‘December 14,2012

    ‘Changes made:
    ‘Used internal clock, MCLR function Disabled(used RA5 as pulse source),
    ‘Common Cathode 7 segment display, used 2n2222 NPN transistor,
    ‘Removed start and clear buttons.

    program heartbeat

    dim count as integer
    dim count0 as integer
    dim d1,d2,d3,dig1,dig2,dig3,i as byte

    sub function sevseg(dim digit as byte) as byte
    select case digit

    case 1 result=%10000110
    case 2 result=%11011011
    case 3 result=%11001111
    case 4 result=%11100110
    case 5 result=%11101101
    case 6 result=%11111101
    case 7 result=%10000111
    case 8 result=%11111111
    case 9 result=%11101111
    case 0 result=%10111111

    end select
    end sub

    sub procedure sevseg_off
    porta.0=0
    porta.1=0
    porta.2=0
    end sub

    sub procedure sevseg_disp
    for i = 1 to 10

    sevseg_off
    portb=255
    porta.0=1
    portb = dig1
    delay_us(100)

    sevseg_off
    portb=255
    porta.1=1
    portb = dig2
    delay_us(100)

    sevseg_off
    portb=255
    porta.2=1
    portb = dig3
    delay_us(100)

    next i
    end sub

    main:
    cmcon=7
    trisa=%11110000
    trisb=%10000000
    count=0
    porta.3=1

    dig1=%10111111
    dig2=%10111111
    dig3=%10111111

    sevseg_off

    portb = 0
    porta.0=1
    delay_ms(500)
    porta.1=1
    delay_ms(500)
    porta.2=1

    delay_ms(1000)
    porta.0=0
    porta.1=0
    porta.2=0

    loop_a:

    if porta.5=0 then

    a:

    sevseg_disp
    count0=count0+1
    if count0>20000 then
    count0=19999
    end if

    if porta.5=1 then
    count=20000/count0
    count0=0
    else
    goto a
    end if

    d3=count / 100
    d2=(count-(d3*100)) / 10
    d1=count-(d3*100)-(d2*10)

    dig3=sevseg(d3)
    dig2=sevseg(d2)
    dig1=sevseg(d1)

    end if

    sevseg_disp

    count0=count0+1
    if count0>20000 then
    count0=19999
    end if

    goto loop_a
    end.

  • My coworker and I did this project yesterday. Works great! But I made the program from scratch. Instead of counting the number of pulses in 15 secs, the PIC measures the time delay between each pulse and converts it to BPM, that way we can have an instant reading.

  • Hello Sir
    1) i couldnt find the MCP602 so i used the LM358 as you indicated in your comments and i wanna ask if it works as good as the MCP602, and should i change any values in the circuit ?
    2) i am using pic16f887 and the disable comparators instruction gives an error, what should i do ?
    3) this might be stupid, but is a photodiode same as a photodetector ?

    and plz can u answer me asap because i’ve kind of put myself in a corner regarding my project… ur work and dedication is really appreciated and Thank u in advance

    email: jsk_2003@hotmail.com

  • i want pcb design for this project…. pls send to me RB….

  • Hi RB… i have some problem for project.in 3 digit 7 segment is not available for market so,i will replace with 4 digit 6pin 7 segment.. how to connect or interface with this project…. please replay me to my mail id “obupalanirani@gmail.com”

  • Thanks MR R-B
    The above Circuit is Working Fine….with LM358…

  • Dear RB
    i Put up a circuit like yours,but i get the amplitude of the pusle
    only be 1.5v, when i use a oscilloscope to detcting it , why? can you give me some tips or suggestion ? thanks

  • I solve problem with flickering, also with PICKit2 “Enable Code Protect”, problem is in microcontroller type. Code is written for PIC16F628A and I was try to program and use PIC16F628. I change in MikroC microcontroller to PIC16F628, compile, program and all works fine.

  • I solve this problem, I program with different programmer and solve this.

  • PICKit2 works without error and problems with others firmwares. I try several different HEX and all work nice. But this firmware I cant program to microcontroller, and I try to recompile source in MikroC and the same result I get. I dont catch why “Code Protect” is enabled, I check in MikroC all protection are disabled.

  • When I put PIC16F628 in socket and turn on circuit, I get “0″ flickering on all 3 digit for several seconds and then turn off.

  • Hi,
    I cant program PIC16F628A with PICKit2 Clone. Software is Pickit 2.61

    I get red error “Verification of configuration failed.”

    In upper corner is Configuration 216A Code Protect

  • Hi, i am thinking to give a try for this project,can you give me specific details for component list and circuitry? Thanks. You can mail me,if you would like to help.

  • Sir, can you tell me, which sensor you used here? I tried the same circuit with a simple photo-diode. but am not getting any output. If i move the ir led around the photo-diode, the red led at the o/p terminal blinks sometym.

  • hello dear r-b can i use lm301 instead of mpc602…
    i dont understand what you mean about ic1 and ic2….
    ahmed from technical engineering college

  • Very cool your work.

    But I have a doubt. I want to make this same circuit but using LDR and LED (red high intensity) to detect the heartbeat, do you know if it could work? Or do you think that photodiode is better?
    Can you send me which photodiode and led did you use?

    Thanks!

  • can i use 24 mhz crystal? if not then what is the problem

  • Hi R-B,
    I have built this project using IR204-A and PT202B-13, but the response is very poor.. Just wanted to know whether is it not possible to built the circuit using these diodes.

  • You guys might find the first Pulse watch invented back in 1975 and marketed n 1977 bu Time Computer, Inc. interesting. They made the first LED watches — the original Pulsar watches. HELP! . . . I have one for sale that works but I need help getting others to work. I think the concept is the same as what I see above. If you think you can help, please contact me @ pulsetime@oldpulsars.com

  • And wt abt PIC 16f268a. . . .Can i do thi project as MIC program

  • Sir plz check 515 and ans. It’s so argent and 1 more
    it is a c++ program can i use the MIC program

  • sir,

    i would like to ask if i will use lm358 for mcp602.. and does i have to change anything in the circuit… pls pls

  • i have made this project..signaling parting was working perfectly but as i connected the controller part there is no response on 7segment as well as the the LED part for signaling also stopped…tried a lot but couldn’t sort it out…what would be the problem any idea R.B???

  • hello,i’m doing this project as a mini project in my engineering ..i hav to submit the entire thing within 3 days,today i checked the circuit but the led is not blinking,wil u plz recommend a best ir led,photo diode for me
    also i need a programmer circuit b’coz i didn’t find a programmer in my locality plz reply me soon,i’m waiting for ur reply thanx in advance
    if u didn’t replied me i will be failed in my project.

  • can we use 8051 microcontroler instead of PIC16F628A?

  • dear sir
    i am in last year diploma student,and i wat to make this project so i have some problem so can u help o make this project………iwant componanat list and their are 2 ic’s but in circute i saw only i ic …so that i have Q. ……so plz help me
    plz reply me on”onlyl03@gmail.com”

  • hey R-B..i want to merge this with spo2..is der any equation for this?? how to measure HR and spo2 by a singl hardware?? plz guide me..
    need ur help..

  • HI SIR,
    PROJECT IS GOOD,i got a problem with 7-segment ..the 3 digit 7segment which i am using is a 12 pin 7segment..couldn’t find the data sheet of it..datasheet for 4 digit is easily available so can i use 4 digit 7 segment?

  • its ok R-B,i got another doubt while seeing the datasheet of pic16f628a
    that is when we use it in the counter mode it either counts by either rising edge or falling edge of the pulse.i think u selected rising edge by making TOCS bit “0″.
    Then how the micro controller counting both rising and falling pulses???

    other thing is i’m not able to get a gud protecting material for the sensor part,how u get/make it?

  • hey R-B,i already posted earlier that i need ur help.
    please mention the photo diode voltage/current during testing and also the current flowing through the IR led so that i can test and change my circuit in accordance
    PLZ R-B REPLY ME QUICKLY.

    • I am unable to measure any of the parameters that you are asking for because I did this project long time ago and I don’t have the original board now. I would rather suggest to use TCRT1000 reflective optical sensor to do this project.

  • hey Ali i’m from india
    MCP602 is a dual op amp means two opamps present in single ic
    for furthere details just type mcp602 in google

  • Hi R-B
    My name is Ali and i’m from Pakistan. There is a question in my mind about the pictures you have posted of your project. In the circuit diagram you have mentioned two mcp602 but in the picture only one IC can be seen.. why is it so ?

  • hi R-B,i’m doing this project as a mini project in my engineering ..i hav to submit the entire thing within 3 days,today i checked the circuit but the led is not blinking,wil u plz recommend a best ir led,photo diode for me
    also i need a programmer circuit b’coz i didn’t find a programmer in my locality plz reply me soon,i’m waiting for ur reply thanx in advance
    if u didn’t replied me i will be failed in my project.

  • HIya,
    my name id richard grodzik and live across the pond on a small island called Britain.
    constructed the front end of your heart monitor (the finger probe) just using the opamp circuitry with a small mod).i.e. 2 ir LEDS in parallel with a 33R current limiting resistor.
    just finished the project,connecting the probe to an MBED ARM controller and a backlit LCD.

  • dear sir,
    it seems to be a nice work, im implementing this circuit on proteus but unable to get any output, if you have any schematic implemented on any software.. then please send it to me.
    Regards
    Nasir Khan

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  • sir,
    i wnt this heart rate monitoring project but i wnt to do some advanced in that means additional parameter want to detect 2 or 3 i.e.phonocardiogram and echocardiogram….
    so give me idea and basic information about how to implement this project…….

  • Cyber, on the images :)

  • hey, can u plz guide me how to make heart rate and spo2 sensor widout using micro controller..plz do mail me as soon as psbl..m making my project based on dis only..its very much urgent..
    thnk u..:)

  • I am very grateful for the help. Thank you!
    Hugs.

  • hello friend RB
    I really admire your designs, congratulations!
    But when trying to build the heart frequency monitored described above found some difficulties. The biggest one is to find a photo diode to construct the sensor, since we here in Brazil we are very sofendo pirated components. I wonder if it is possible to use the microchip sensor tcrt1000. I await response.
    hugs.

    • Igor,
      I am going to post a revised version of this project in next couple days. Guess what? The revised version uses the TCRT1000 sensor.

  • Marc plzzz specify where is the components list on this page?

    • Hi Cyber,
      There’s no list of components provided in the article but you can create one by yourself from the circuit diagram. FYI, I am posting a revised version of this project in next few days with more specified components. I would suggest you to wait until then.

  • sir, i want to make this project for my own knowledge can you plzzzz provide me with components list

  • Amiel Sapilan, the materials dude is on the page, just read the page completly!

    thanks!
    marC:)

  • seems a difficult project, i will try it, i will give you feedback

    thanks!
    have a geat success!
    marC:)

  • sir can you send me the materials needed sir? here’s my email nalipasleimanad@yahoo.com im gonna start my research proposal asap, tnx in advance

  • sir can you send me the materials needed sir here’s my email? im gonna start my research proposal asap, tnx in advance

  • Sir i want to see the signal from D2 and the out put.

  • we are working on this project the sensing part of our project is not working properly
    it is sensing the obstruction rather than the heart rate..plz reply as soon as possible..i have to submit my project next week…

  • Hi sir, i would like to know the function of the 1k resistor and the BC547 BJT which are connected to your microcontroller. And if i’m using 8051 F330 micro controller, do i need the BJT and resistor?

  • I would like to know what kind of LED Display u have used.I am going to use a Kingbright BA56-11SEKWA (0.56inch).Do u think it will work the same?

  • Hi sir, to add on to the previous question, can’t we use a one-stage filter instead of 2?

  • Hi sir, thanks.

    Do they work as filters as well?

  • HI sir, may i know the purpose of each of the stages of the two-stage amplifier? do they both have the same purpose of amplifying the signal or there is a different purpose for those two?

  • Hai…. May i know the type,name,brand of the photodiode & IR diode that uses for this circuit??? thank you

  • i appreciate the job sir. pls could u kindly send the components calculations regarding this nice job.(E MAIL: ja.smart2766@yahoo.com)

  • thank you very much sir, this is a big help. if you dont mind can i get the list of materials needed sir? thanks in advance

  • good day, can i use this idea on my Science Investigatory Project? i will respectfully ask permission to avoid being accused of copying intellectual property

  • hello R-B, I made this project and all components work! But I have a problem with the signal conditioning part of this project. In fact sometimes I place the fingertip over the sensor unit, it doesn’t receive all my heartbeats; while other times the sensor unit receive all my heartbeats! why?? Help me please

  • Hi what is connected to MCLR? (pin n ° 4 of pic)

  • Hi…what is connected to MCLR? (pin n ° 4 of pic)

  • Hi! I rode the circuit by changing the MCP602 op amp for the LM 358. The circuit and the display are working perfectly. However, the LED emission and reception are not doing the measurement, because the red LED does not blink, indicating the frequency of cardiac pulsation. Do you have any idea what would be the problem? Would the LM358 op amp? Or could it be otherwise? Thank you in advance for your help. Thank you!

  • Dear Sir,

    I’m planning to build an oximeter. I’ve looked at your circuitry, its simple and I was hoping to build my oximeter using your circuitry. For an oximeter, 2 LEDs–red and infrared are to be used. Do you know of any photodetector that can recieve both wavelengths of light? Or do i have to buy 2 different photodetectors?

    Also, for the Red and Infrared LED, do i connect them in series in the same circuit or design 2 different circuits for both LEDs?

    • I can’t tell anything on modifying this project to make an Oximeter. I would rather research on this topic to get more info.

  • P.S i’m using a 8 MHz crystal instead of 4 MHz but i don’t think that’s the damn problem

  • Hi sir. I mounted this circuit and followed all your instructions.. the sensor unit works fine but when I try the whole circuit with the 16F628A programmed with the hex file you gave us, the displays show 000 for all the time and if I change stat to the RB7 pin nothing happens.. Displays should show 000 for only few seconds following the program but they stay so until I remove supply.. I’m panic because I have to make this project to work before 20th june. Please reply me.
    Sorry for my bad english,
    Thank you

  • @sosos

    watch it when u make comments like that.. this project works fine.
    there is no problem with anythn, retrace ur work, u shud be able to find the faults.

  • this code is totally wrong …. its not giving me the right result the connection is right i trusted ur work and i took it as a grad project i have to submet t next week
    the led not blinking neither the result is right so the wrong is with the code…. i need ur advice plz coz i have no time???

  • Can I use three single seven segment to compose a 3-digit seven segment without chancing the code? To do this, do I need to change the code?

    Thank you

  • Rahim Entezari

    hi
    I used LTH1550-01 as IR transmitter and receiver.The conditioning unit works well because it works with a wave(amplitude of 1mV and frequency of 2.5 Hz)and LED blinks but when it connects to the sensor unit nothing is happening! I think the sensor does not have the suitable sensitivity for the heart beat sensing. Is it true? what should i do now? help me plz

  • hellow sir i used pic 16f628A and i programmed the pic with the same code u gave us and when i put my finger in the sensor
    1) the LED is not lighting
    2) in the common anode the result was 888 then 000 only
    so wut should i do?

    ps: the connection is right

  • thank u sir! i figure it out.. but sir.why there is no mention about RA4 in the coding? just initialize the port only?

  • Hi,
    I’ve followed the steps and built the same circuit and hardware wise it’s working fine. I’m using LPC1769 microcontroller to code and am not too sure on how the pulses are counted. could you please explain a little more on how the pulses could be counted?
    Thanks! :)

  • ok…sorry,I have not seen!

  • Sir,u have any hex files for pic16f877a.can teach me how to change the code,i and using LCD display.very confusion to change it.

  • hi…That display you use? A common cathode or common anode? Thank u

  • so can i replace it in micro controller in 16F877A??

  • how can i connect i/p pulse in 3 no. port of the microcontroller??

  • Hi, please, i have downloads the last version of MikroC and try to compile the program, and it return some errors, how can i fix it please?

  • i dont understand mask in this coding.. sir.could explain it..

    thank u sir.. ^^V

  • Hello R-B,

    i figured out the problem.. my master clear pin had a problem and the device would hang on pressing reset.. i bought a new one, reset works fine now :)

  • Also in signal conditioning circuit,to generate the pulses you have used 150Ohms with IRLED..will that value changes with respect to different persons finger..because i’m not getting the pulses for certain people..please suggest me regarding this..

  • Sir in the reference IEEE paper as i saw they have mentioned ADC for the signal conversion..But in your program you have not used it.. how will you say your different approach works fine..please explain me the difference between the two.. Thank you

  • Hi sir,

    Can u provide me the configuration as well? This part:

    /*
    Project: Measuring heart rate through fingertip
    Copyright @ Rajendra Bhatt
    January 18, 2011
    PIC16F628A at 4.0 MHz external clock, MCLR enabled
    */

    How to configure 4 Mhz and for the MCLR to be enabled? And there’s an error when i try to build the codes.
    the error is something like this:
    Warning [374] C:\Users\User\Desktop\Heart rate\PulseMeter.c; 9.6 missing basic type; int assumed
    Error [372] C:\Users\User\Desktop\Heart rate\PulseMeter.c; 9.6 “,” expected
    Error [372] C:\Users\User\Desktop\Heart rate\PulseMeter.c; 9.12 “,” expected
    Error [372] C:\Users\User\Desktop\Heart rate\PulseMeter.c; 9.15 “,” expected

    Any idea how i could solve it?

  • Hi sir,

    I plan to do this for my project. Can you pls provide me the hardware list? It would be really helpful :) You can email to jenny_baby13@hotmail.com Thanks!

  • very nice project

  • Plz guy any one can give me the assembly code for 16fpic877

    plz plz if he want me to pay him no problem i will

    email my.ams@hotmail.com

  • what are IC1 and IC2?

  • Hello R-B,

    after i press reset, the display goes ‘off’.. and the sensor also goes off.. so the pulse led does not blink.. if i press start after that, the sensor does nt switch on..

    i have to cut-off the supply, switch it on and then press ‘start’ again..

    any suggestions??

  • Hi It’s a great project! About the project, I wonder if there is the possibility of changing the MCP602 op amp on the other? If so, what would be an operational amplifier similar? Thank you in advance. Thank you.

  • hello R-B,

    could there be a problem with my MCLR pin?? is it possible for only that pin to go faulty??

    ( i have mentioned in my previous comment what happens on reset, please advice me on that too )

    please advice..

  • Hello R-B,

    after i press reset, the display goes ‘off’.. and the sensor also goes off.. so the pulse led does not blink.. if i press start after that, the sensor does nt switch on..

    i have to cut-off the suply, switch it on and then press ‘start’ again..
    not able to figure out why this is happening..

  • sir please it urgent..

    • There is another point in the circuit far on the right side which is labeled as ‘a’ too. These two must be connected.

  • dear rb sir, in the circuit diagram at ir diode & led what does ‘a’ mean where it has to be connected..

  • Hello R-B,
    i got everything to work based on your circuit and code it was awesome but how can we justify that it is counting the pulse???(because even when i put an object it shows some kind of count)
    Thank you

    • @neena,
      What kind of object did you put on it that makes it count? The circuit is a low pass filter and if you wave your hand in front of the sensor, it will count that. That’s why you put your finger still so that it will response only to the changes in the blood volume.

  • Hello R-B,

    after i press reset, the display goes ‘off’.. and the sensor also goes off.. so the pulse led does not blink.. if i press start after that, the sensor does nt switch on..

    i have to cut-off the suply, switch it on and then press ‘start’ again..
    not able to figure out why this is happening..

  • hello R-B,
    i’m new in electronic. i would like to build up this project.
    can i ask u that in your Microcontroller and Display Circuit, there got D0,D1 and D2. may i ask which diode is it?? and also, inside the circuit, i can’t define out which is led in yellow colour but inside your picture and video got the led in yellow colour.

    hope can hear from you soon. Thanks~~

  • hello R-B,

    i haven’t seen its function in your demo video.. so, can you tell me wat’s suppose to happen after pressing reset? ( the program runs from begining is it?)

    everythng works fine in my circuit but this.. where do you thnk i shud look at??

    need ur advice on this R-B…

    • obli,
      Reset will reset the MCU and restart it. I can’t tell you without looking at the circuit because it is very straightforward and should work. What happens when you press Reset?

  • Hello R-B,

    Can I use PIC24H for this project instead of PIC16F628A?

    Thank you

  • Does your sensor work outside in sunlight? I’m not sure if sunlight is intense enough to affect the sensor through a finger or if my closure is leaking in light.

  • hello R-B,

    i haven’t seen its function in your demo video.. so, can you tell me wat’s suppose to happen after pressing reset? ( the program runs from begining is it?)

    everythng works fine in my circuit but this.. where do you thnk i shud look at??

    please advice..

  • hello R-B,

    can you tell me about reset …
    the device stops working after i hit reset, i will have to switch off the main and then switch it on..

    please advice… ( i have enabled mclr)

  • plz help me sir
    sir i completed my circuitry my signal conditioning part is running but nothing going display .
    how can i check PIC is well programed or working & how can i check it in multimeter.

  • dear rb sir,
    i complied the c program in microC Pro and created a .hex file but when i am trying to load .hex file in to pic16f628a using DIY K150 pic programmer it showing me a error like
    fuse error 0×2007
    good 0x216a
    bad 0x1f0f.

    please help me.

  • please any one help me, am not able to solve the problem,when i am compling the c program of this project it showing me the error like NEW TEXT DOCUMEN.C(7): error C202: ‘RA3_bit’: undefined identifier.

    if any one knows it please help me..i am using Keil uVision2 software for compling.

  • hello R-B,
    what does reset do?
    only start works fine…

    if i press reset button and hit start after that.. nthng happens..
    i will have to switch off the main and switch it on.. then the circuit will function if i hit start…

  • DIY K150 pic programmer.

  • dear rb sir,
    i dumped .hex file the given by you in pic16f628a with out any changes
    but it showing me error like fuse error.please give me suggestion.the project is in final stage .help me

  • please anybody reply i need a solution asap…thanx in advance

  • Sir i have completed my job on hardware part…Sir do the MicroC will alone burn the hex fil on PIC……if not what programmer i can use……can u send me the link for same so that i will know how will i use

  • RB SIR,
    WHEN I LOADED THE .HEX FILE WHICH IS GIVEN BY YOU IN TO THE PIC16F628A MC.
    IT SHOWING THAT THERE IS A FUSE ERROR.PLEASE HELP ME FINAL SEMINAR IS ON 30TH APRIL.

  • Can i use BC557 instead of BC547???

    If not what other transisitor can i use instead of BC547???

  • hello R-B,

    tried the changes with display.. as the value of ‘j’ is increased the 7-segment display time increases.. j=3 sets display time to around 8-9 secs..

    what does clear actually do? it runs the program form the begining is it?
    nthng happens when i press the clear button..

  • Ofcourse not..

    My project includes heartbeat measurement..

    In addition to that it senses body temperature untill everything is fine..

    In case temp increases 38 degrees(higher than normal)..
    OR heartbeat increases 110 bpm..

    it will automatically send sms to a predefined no.(perhaps a doctor) using an android phone..

    we have designed an android app dat does rest of the job..

  • ti have used an LCD to display the value .. but the value displayed is nt right.. i am getting vague values.. pleas help!

  • hello .. i am having a little trouble with the code.. i am using assembly language for at89c51 .. i have sent u the code on rajbex@gmail.com. please help as soon as possible

  • I got microstick pic24h and I tried couple of examples using MPLAB IDE.
    Can you give more details on how to debug the code by using MICKRO PRO C into the microstick. SInce the article provides source and Hex files directly. Not sure or can’t find a way to download these files to the hardware.

    Or should I change the code that is compatible with MPLAB IDE and PIC24H ??

  • Thankyou for sharing the details of ur project in such a brilliant way..

    I have made this project with some changes such as using 8051 instead of pic,lcd instead of 7 segment…

    Besides that i have added some control circuitry to connect an android phone and send sms to the doctor in case heartbeat increases normal level..

    Everything is working gud…
    To check out my project click the link below..

    http://youtu.be/oQ-IXzpvVyM

    Keep up the gud work..
    Thanku…!

  • Hi,
    That is an awesome project. I would like to develop it with PIC24H microstick and using MPLAB IDE, can u please mention what all the changes should I do in terms of components such as resistors, transistors, power supply. Can I use three individual 7 segment display. Will u please mail me the component list. can I use 6″ modular IC Breadboard Socket ??

  • I’m am trying to do this project on a pic24 which needs a 3.3v source. I’ll still be powering everything else with 5v, but I was wondering if I would still be able to use the BC557s and BC547 and the same resistors.

  • sir i am using pic 16f84a and the code is giving me errors so do i have to make changes in the code because i changed the pic?

  • hello
    Let me repeat my question
    I want place a buzzer in this project. Buzzer turn on when heart rate isn’t Between numbers 60 to 100.( the normal heart rate is Between numbers 60 to 100).for example when 7segment display 59 or 101, buzzer get turn on).
    Please help me?
    Thank you

  • Sir r-b
    have any hex files for pic16f877A PROGRAM code.i am using this ic and connect with LCD

  • @mary
    how to dump the code in to PIC16F628A micro controller

  • Dear sir
    Thanks very much
    I made the project heart rate measurement from fingertip and I was succeeded. I want place a buzzer on this project, when heart rat display: below 60 and above 100. Can you help me?
    What can I do?

  • hello sir
    i’m making this project but using pic18f4550,, so during the conversion process of the code i couldn’t understand why you wrote this “if(!start)”,, is it because that the press button u r using pull down or it has something to do with the pin it’s connected to.. but when i checked the data sheet the pin wasn’t active low
    please help
    thanks in advance

  • dear rb sir, how to dump the code in to PIC16F628A micro controller

  • Dear R-B sir,can i use 8051microcontroller instead of PIC16F628A..

  • hey R-B
    i done both things ,,
    what do i have to do now??
    i mean will it still work??

  • @obli

    Please can you forward the schematic of anlog part ..I am also using TCRT5000 for the project …I need the correct resistor combination that can give a pulse output of amplitude 5V…

    Please send the schematic to my id
    irs055@gmail.com

  • sir i am using pic 16f84a and the code is giving me errors so do i have to change in the code because i changed the pic?

  • hey R-B
    i have a problem!!
    i am using mikroC, and i copied the program !! but when i press “build program” it says…. ‘;’expected but IR_Tx found …. what do i have to do??
    answer when u can,, :)
    ciao

  • Dear R-B sir, if i want to add pulse oximeter on this project, then what would be the change in calculation and coding? can you send me the coding?

  • can we use 8051mc instaed of pic mc

  • How do you load software?

  • Tks R-B,I have another Question Is :the minimum coefficient Of Amplifier ?

  • Can I use “MCP6002″ replace with “MCP602″?

  • Hi R-B!!

    I’m modelling my heart rate monitor after your circuit, and I can’t seem to get it to work!

    I connected the circuit exactly like yours (I checked it many times), I use the HEX file from the link you have given and burned it into the microcontroller using PICKit 2, but when I start the circuit up, the IR diode is lit up, the LED is not lit up, the 7 segment display is not lit up, and the display will not show anything after a long period. Please help me!! :(

  • Hello! I’ve been reading your website for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the fantastic work!

  • will surely let you know, i shall do all the changes and let u know how the chnges reflect..

    thank you again for your time…

  • hello R-B,

    thank you :)

  • hello R-B,

    i did as you said and it worked. thnx a ton :)

    i have another problem R-B, i havn undertood the display() function in your progrM,the for loop part,y is i=180 and j=3…how did you set these values on what basis?

    please tell me about this part …

    • The for loop continues until i = 180*j (=3). During this time the measured heart rate will show on the display. After i = 180*j, the display is turned OFF to save battery power. If you want to prolong the display time, you can increase the value of j.

  • R-B sir, can i use red led & photo resister instead of IR led & photodiod..for senser ckt

  • hi R-B,

    i shall do that, if iam not using start and reset for this ” led toggling” program, MCLR should be disabled right?

  • hello R-B,

    thank you for your suggestion, but i want to use the 7-segment display also.. planning to use a zigbee module and transmit the result.. how about using PIC18f2220? its a 28pin pic with 3ports…

    and i have another confusion,i have downloaded mikroc evaluation version but do not have the program burner from mikroelectronika… i have a universal burner… i can burn the program using universal burner but cannot configure the pic.. what can i do about tis??

    i wrote a simple toggling program in mikroc and burnt it into pic using universal burner, but dint get the desired output because the PIC was not configured….

    how do i do this sir??

    i really appreciate your advice..

    • Hi Obli,
      Did you configure PIC in the mikroC compiler. You can do it from Project->Edit Project window. Recompile the project after configuring PIC in mikroC and load the HEX file using the universal programmer.

  • hello, I need to do a project,exactly like this one, the only exception is that in mine I dont need a PIC,so my question is: does the lack of pic,it changes the answer of the circuit? or if you can help to implement the circuit without a pic. Thank you.

  • thank you…& also thanks about explaining the use of switch case in the program.
    Would let you know when this project is completed & runs successfully for me..

  • oh thanks a lot for your reply Sir. Ya, figured it out that its not possible to use digital panel meter so instead am trying it out with three individual 7-segment display… will that be ok..??

  • hello R-B,

    i want to interface this output to the PC (serial communication) making use of USART, do i have to go for a bigger pin microcontroller (28pin)?

    please advice..

  • 2.)Also, in the program given by you, I am unable to understand the purpose of the switch cases used.Could you please explain me what is their significance.Please….
    thank you

    • Bhagyashree,
      To display a particular digit on a seven segment LED, you need to turn on the appropriate LEDs. Based on digits 0-9, the case statement returns the appropriate value for PORTB to to turn on the corresponding LEDs.

  • Hello sir,
    Firstly, would like to thank you for providing us with such a wonderful project & that too with every possible detail.
    I am working on this project right now, had some queries about it,I would be really thankful if you help me out with it. My query is:
    1.) Sir, for the display part, is it ok 2 use a digital panel meter i.e. PM-129A (its 4 digit actually), i am not able to figure out how to connect it.B’coz I am unable to find a 3 digit 7-seg module.
    Looking forward to your prompt reply.
    Thank you.

  • sir, please mail me the full component in this project(junior_boyz92@yahoo.com) ASAP..thanks!

  • @r-b ..sir i need ur email id..can u give??

  • @ R-B
    i am using lm358 ic and made the exact test circuit…but whenever i switch on the power the blinking led is glowing continuously i cant figure out he problem pls help
    thank u

  • @R-B,

    need your help,

    can you tell me the use of of the for loop in the display() function,
    why is j=3 and looping done 180*j times?

    please advice R-B..

  • Hi guys, just a quastion: what is the name of the 3 digit display???

  • SIR,
    on which pin number of the three digit display the emitter terminals coming from the diodes557-D0 D1 D2 goes.
    how can i connect three seven segment CA display in order to represent three digit number.

  • ignore my last post, its MikroC..
    my bad, had not seen it properly…

  • hello R-B,

    i finally got it to blink with proper sensitivity.i want to know which software was used to build this program?
    i am using MPLAB (Hi-tech c ), few notations are different, having sm problems with the _delay_ms(x)…
    can u tell me which s/w was used?

  • Can someone help me with this program in AVR not PIC, I don’t have knowledge in PIC.. PLEASE help

  • we are using three single seven segment display,so can you tell us how the connection will change??

  • we are using three single seven segment display,so can you tell us how the connection will change?

  • hello R-B,
    the code was written using which software?
    and which c compiler have you used?

    i am using the latest version from microchip (MPLAB) and Hi-tech c compiler, few notations are different..

  • Hi, Where is TOCKI/R4 on the PIC? Is it connection 4 on the PIC? Thank you

  • Dear, I’m working on my project, and I have the same idea as your, but my is much more simpler. Can you give me some suggestion for me? I just need capture/display the heart rate or heart waving signal to computer via LABVIEW software. So, I already have the optical sensor, and what should I need more, can I use the same your micro controller PIC16F628A ? or other chip would better? and how much ohms are good for this sensor? Sorry about asking you alots, I’m a new guy. Thank you very much

  • sir,
    can we use PIC16F84?

  • Hello sir, I get a maximum output of 1.7V only after the amplification. Is it enough to trigger the T0CKI pin to activate the counter ? I currently get no reading from the counter..

  • hello R-B,

    thank you for your suggestions.

    i got an MCP602, ordered it.i have built the circuit two to three times on the bread board.. i am using the sensor from tayda as mentioned by you.. i am having one problem, the led in series with 470 ohm switches on when i give the supply and switches off within few seconds.. the sensor is not able to pick up the pulses, however a slight contact at the junction of 33k and electrolytic capacitor makes the led blink..
    when i switch off the supply, the output led blinks twice ( so the capacitors are discharging properly)

    so the circuit seems to be fine i suppose?
    i have also tried adjusting the pot(2k pot as mentioned by @Goebish), the led does not blink on placing the finger?

    any suggestions??
    please advice..

  • Can you please send ??? picture of the circuit on the bread board to my email? (amazed-by-you@hotmail.com)

  • My monitor did not work w/ my index finger but works just fine using my pinky finger. ALso the TCRT5000and it worked fine but very sensitive, I use 965Ohm in series with the IR diode side. Seemed like a lot but it works.

  • Sir, am working nw on the project i connected the first circuit. And the signal is right on the oscilloscope but the problem that the LED is not on when I connect -Vcc ti am using TL071 opamp and when I remov t it will light on all the time so I donno what’s the problem

  • I got the monitor to work.

  • @ R-B,

    it just flashed me sir, m using all 1/2 watt resistors .. does that matter?

    shud i use 1/4 watt?
    will that help?

    please advice..

  • @ R-B

    m sorry, its not the power on led, its the led that is in series with 470ohm resistor..

  • hello R-B,

    thank you for your suggestions.

    i got an MCP602, ordered it.i have built the circuit two to three times on the bread board.. i am using the sensor from tayda as mentioned by you.. i am having one problem, the power on led switches on when i give the supply and switches off within few seconds.. the sensor is not able to pick up the pulses, however a slight contact at the junction of 33k and electrolytic capacitor makes the led blink..
    when i switch off the supply, the output led blinks twice ( so the capacitors are discharging properly)

    so the circuit seems to be fine i suppose?
    i have also tried adjusting the pot(2k pot as mentioned by @Goebish), the led does not blink on placing the finger?

    any suggestions??
    please advice..

  • We are using op295 which is different to mcp601 and we are trying to get an output on pin 7

  • Hi i want to know what is the use of the two 100nf in the circuit
    thank

  • Hello sir, can you give the above code for MPlab IDE ?

  • sir we tried burning the pic with the hexcode provided in your link but it shows error(fuse error) everytime..as far as we know the pic is working properly.we are in the midway of our project. kindly help asap..

  • hello,
    Thank you very much,

    I have two question?
    1-can i use mcp601 op-amp instead of mcp602?

  • Hi, seem to have problems making the TCRT5000 work with this circuit. please can you look at my circuit and see if everything is correct. here is the link – http://www.mediafire.com/?paa2jpadbsv65c4 .Also do i have to feed the circuit to an analog port on the micro controller or i can feed it to any port on the micro controller.

    Thanks

  • hello,
    Thank you very much,

    I have a question?

    1-can i use mcp601 op-amp instead of mcp602?

  • Hey R-B,

    First of all, thanks a ton for putting this up, it’s very well explained and has been been extremely helpful for someone fairly new to electronics.

    I have a question. I’m finding the sensor to be fairly sensitive and unreliable, and I think that the culprits are a) changes in ambient light, and b) movement of my finger (or, as I would like to get working: my wrist). Do you think that the sensor would work significantly better by replacing the photodiode with an infrared photodiode, something like this: http://uk.farnell.com/sharp/gp1ux301qs/photodiode-ir-detector/dp/1243866 ?

    I’m also considering using something like a photodiode-amplifier and dc-restoration circuit in order to block out ambient light changes – anything to make it more robust and less noisy, since I want to make a wrist device that might move around occasionally.

    Thanks a lot for your thoughts.

    Cheers,
    Toby

  • sir,
    i am currently working on this project.
    But, the problem is that, i can not find TCRT5000L in local market.
    and it is not available on taydaelectronics either….
    can you please tell me another option to purchase it(in India)…
    (please reply ASAP, because i am supposed to submit this project till 10/03/12)

  • sir,thanks 4 ur project..i m currently working on it…i wanted to ask is it possible to implement the project in proteas software…if yes then then how to show dat u have touched the sensor…nd in the software the pic micro-controller doesnt have 14 nd 5th pin is it inbuilt waitin 4 ur reply.

  • Would it be possible to change this code to use the arduino uno for the microprocessor instead of the chip currently being used in this design and what kind of code changes would have to made? Maybe you could do a step by step of how the code reads the information.

  • I’ve got all the digits to light. Problem was just a loose connection. Still can not get a reading. The TCRT is not picking up any pulses. Any ideas?

  • hello sir.
    first i would love to thank you for this great work..

    second, here’s my story

    now i’m working on my second hardware project and she asked us for a big one,, so i’m considered as a beginner,, i’m facing difficulties in understanding how the things are exactly connected in the circute (is there any suggested way to understand them better)
    also can you please list the components are used and their exact values
    your cooperation is lightly appropriated

  • using the TCRT5000. The led is not blinking, the photo diode is on though but seems like the base of the transitor side is not picking up the input. Any ideas?

  • I’ve got this circuit complete. When I push the start button after 15 seconds digit 2 and 3 show 00. WHne I push clear digit 2 adn 3 show 00. My led is not lighting up on the amplifier circuit. I’m using the TCRT and not sure if I’m connected them correctly. I’ve connected A to the cathode, not sure how to connect teh transistor part of the TCRT. If you can please advise. Thanks.

  • if the input signal is given and tested in CRO,what type of waveform i will get..?

  • Can i use lm741 instead of 358..?

  • respected r-d sir
    i complete my project but it not working plzzzzzzz help me sir
    We get zero voltage at anode of red LED & at cathod it get 3.8v,and it cant blink, i also replace mpc602 ic but same problem are take place. plzz help me
    In ic of mpc 602
    only at pin no 1 get 4v
    and remaining pins get 0v
    plzzzzzz help me

  • sir
    i m a beginner in embedded system i m working on a different project i would b very much thankful if you just clarify some of my doubts
    here is my ques
    “how is photo diode sensing the blood volume change?? is it by the amount of light reflected back??”
    if so can u please tell me the concept behind it..i m re -qouteing my email address-”divy.sukhi@gmail.com” if u have any material regarding my doubt please email me

    thank you for such a wonderful project and upload

  • my display is not working .. my all the connectons are ok…….. cane u tell me wath is my problm??

  • Hello, sir.
    The 1uF/68K Ohm filter at the “+” input of each OP Amps is surely a high-pass one with cut-off freq 2.34 Hz.
    Why?

    Because of the 100nF capacitors, signals with higher frequency is less amplified.
    IS it right?

  • hello sir RB where i will put those 2 points “a” both of led and photo diode?????? and also my led is not showing any result…………

  • thank u sir….. .. for the p[revious question…..

    and through which point i will connect i/p pulse in 3 no. port of the microcontroller??…..

    and is the program and hex codes u have attached is correct????????

  • I only see 1 led on the schematic, where does the other go?

  • The filter should be low-pass.
    But in the picture, it looks like a high-pass one?

  • Can i use the BC 547 in place of the BC557?

  • In your (IR sensors and signal conditioning circuit) daigram the portion between D1 and transistor i.e point (a),and the portion where the led ends i.e (a),this both (a),are same????….. plz rply me fst………

  • DO i just donwload the hex file to my pic or do i do all the files in the link you posted, “Download Source and HEX files”. Thanks.

  • Sir which ic i can insted of mcp602 ??

  • Will a pickit 2 starter kit work in [place of the pickit 3? Thanks

  • Will 1/4 watt resistors work ok w/this circuit?

  • sir R-B
    can i use PIC16F628 not PIC16F628A ?

  • hello R-B,

    is it possible to use µa741op-amp?
    any other alternatives to mcp602?

  • ok sir thanks a lot ;D

  • @ R-B
    thank you..

  • @goebish

    thanx a lot mate…

  • can i use another microcontroller such as PIC16F877A?

  • sir R-B i have finished the heart rate sensor system schematic without the 7-Segment and i used 150ohm resistor but haven’t tried lowering it cause it already blinks at 150 ^_^, though you still haven’t answered my question if the variable pulserate holds the 1/4th of the actual value..
    nevertheless i will be mutliplying the pulserate by 4 as in your countpulse() function and saving the value to the EEPROM..

    once our project is finished, i will be acknowledging you sir in our documentation.. thanks a lot for the circuit and understandable program :)

    • @oliver,
      You learn more when you try to figure out a problem by yourself. I am glad you are progressing with your project. The answers to your earlier questions are in my tutorials on seven segment displays and EEPROM.

  • @obli,
    I confirm the “Reflective Optical Sensor 950nm TCRT5000L” from tayda electronics works very well, the only thing is that you have to replace the 150omhs resistor with 68omhs + a 2K pot in series.

  • Hello sir
    i need your help with photodiode, i can’t find it
    can you tell me where i can find , in our life, in devices that i can get it from it.
    please help me.
    thank you

  • Hello sir, can you help me
    I have a difficult to find the photodiode, where i can find it? in devices???
    if it was in a our life device for example???!!
    i really need your help

  • What are the 4 screws on the edges holding? How about a pic of the underside? Buying my parts for this project tomorrow.

  • sorry about the last question.. now i know ^_^

  • hello R-B,
    i am also planning to but this “Reflective Optical Sensor 950nm TCRT5000L” from tayda electronics as suggested by you.. will this work fine for this project?
    it costs me about 220Rs, i estimated it on their website.. just want to ensure before buying..
    please reply..

  • sir, if i use three single digit display at a place of three digits display.so in single digit seven segment display which are the D0 pin, d1 pin, d2 pin .

  • sir i have noticed something else, i have not yet placed my finger at 2 sensors and even if i removed the source of the IR diode the LED blinks already does this mean i have to place a BC547 transistor placed at the ground part of the photo diode and controlled by another PORT of the micro controller? so that when a pulse test will begins.. neither the two will start without the control of the micro controller.

    what do you think sir? thanks :)

  • sir R-B regarding my question about saving the pulserate to the EEPROM,
    i’m not familiar with the 7 segment display circuit/pins and also
    your program function display() but i would like to ask if
    the variable pulserate contains the exact value that RB0 to RB6 outputs?

    should the top of the photodiode and IR LED be of the same height? this is because my photodiode is very tiny
    photodiode: http://e-gizmo.com/PRODUCT/ELECTRO/images/sensor/pdiode.gif
    infrared led: http://www.dfwind.com/Fort-Worth-/Electrical-/New-20-pack-5MM-infrared-red-led-s-emitter-lot-ir-led-pic.jpg

    i have tested this circuit of yours

    using LM358 dual OP AMP works fine but i’m not sure if the blinking/pulse is correct…

    does the resistance from the source to the IR lead affect beats per minute?

    thanks ^_^

  • hello R-B,
    built the test ckt to find out the frequency of the waveform that we are dealing with.. but all i got was noise.. i read some of your posts which mentioned about different resistance values (150 ohm in series with ir led) , which depends on the ir led specifications.. what specifications are you talking about?
    and are we suppose to get a square w/f across d2 (otherwise measured after signal conditioning at pin 7 of ic2) ?
    please advice..

  • figured that one out. Still don’t know what 4.0M means though.

  • Hello,
    What is BC557 and what is the 4.0M by the PIC? Thanks.

  • sir R-B thank you for the EEPROM tutorial.. it was nice..
    here is my code for MikroC and hoping this is the correct way to store
    the pulse rate basing from your program, please kindly check..
    (though i do not completely understand the flow of the 7segment display unit works :)
    EEPROM_Write(0×00,pulserate);

    thank you in advance :)

  • @R-B,
    The 470 ohms pot in your circuit.
    I had no 470 at home so I tried a 1K but it was not enough.
    I prefer to keep it in the final design so I can still tune it if necessary.

  • gud day sir R-B, what if i want to store the value to the EEPROM using
    the MikroC library EEPROM_Write(Address,data);
    do you have any idea sir? thank you in advance :D

  • @duane_dickey: you can build it on a breadboard, but you don’t only need parts, a PIC programmer is also required (eg: PICKIT3).

    @R-B: I modified my firmware to have realtime reading and data sent over bluetooth:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMd3NmE0PTo

    • @Goebish,
      This is really impressive. You said you used a 2K pot. instead of 1K. Which 1K potentiometer were you actually pointing to in my circuit?

  • As opposed to a printed board I mean.

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  • I’ll have to make this on a bread board, correct?

  • @R-B, I did use the TCRT5000L from http://www.taydaelectronics.com/ , it works very well, I just had to use an higher resistance, 1K pot was not enough to get the best sensibility, I use a 2K one.

  • Project complete, using an ATMega8 with Arduino bootloader as MCU:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRn9QBwuPlw

    Thanks again for the sensor circuit and explanations !

  • Sir,

    You have said that “the signal conditioning circuit consists of two identical active low pass filters with a cut-off frequency of about 2.5 Hz. This means the maximum measurable heart rate is about 150 bpm.”

    Therefore, what would be the normal, maximum and minimum heart rate measurement range if you have decided to include the information as i have stated?

    One more question is that if a heart rate measurement above 150bpm is obtained, what would be the reasons for the errors? Is it because of the
    op amp, low pass filter or the ir sensors?

  • Hello,
    Newbie here. I’m going to try to make this project. Do i just follow the schematic above to get my parts list? Thanks.

  • good day sir R-B.. is it possible to put the heart rate value inside the EEPROM? thanks :)

  • sir is the photodiode a special diode or can i use the black one with the purple markings.. kinda looks like this http://media.digikey.com/photos/Sharp%20Photos/PD481PI.jpg

    thanks :)

  • Sir,

    My name is nava and I am a final year student of Beng Electrical and Electronic.I would like to ask your help in order to check whether there is any problem with my circuit diagram and my programming code since i have modified the project on my own.In hardware side, it works fine but i could not simulate it on the proteus and i suspect that there might be problem on the circuit that i may have overlooked.If there is no problems,then only i can do etching process.

    I have attached the related info @ http://www.mediafire.com/?v1suh1fzi19tqyu.

    Please reply asap.

    Thank you.

    • @nava,
      The circuit looks good except you put Optocoupler in place of sensor module which I think is just for illustrative purpose. If it works in hardware, then why do you worry about it. I think you should move on. Can you send me some pictures of your hardware and results?

  • Sir,

    I have a question about your circuit.The pin 4 of the opamp(-5v) is connected to the ground and the ground is connected to the negative part of the 9v battery.so, the negative 9v and 5v is connected to the ground.As far as i know, we cannot connect negative 5v with ground, rite?
    If we did so,there will be floating voltage and it would affect the heart rate measurement, rite?

  • @R-B : I added a link to this page on my youtube video description.

  • I have built the sensor tonight ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FfIKVzYqbk ) then interfaced it with an Arduino with a few lines of code. Works fine, thanks !

  • sir..can i use LM741…?

  • hello again sir, i tried testing the signal conditioning circuit only using LM358 without connecting it to the PIC and the sensors.. just wondering why my LED is always ON.. is it suppose to do that? sorry but i’m not really good in electronics.. hoping to see a reply thanks :)

  • sir i’m very very interested in your project.. i’m going to use PIC18F4550 instead of PIC16F628A..in addition, the photo diode that i’ll be using is the Black-Square one with label D02 in the middle circle, hope you’re familiar with that photo diode.. i was wondering if i could use that photo diode instead or should i use the transparent looking LED type of photodiode? and also instead of MCP602, i’ll be using LM358.. can i ask for some tips or advice with my changes? thanks a lot :D

  • Devanand and Sainath

    Thank you sir myself Devanand Epili and my friend Sainath Sadulla we are working on this project,we are students of mumbai university 2011-12
    hopingly you will help us if we face any problem..

  • sir plzzz help
    sir have take 12 pin three digit display,sir we dont have pin configuration of display, we also search on net but we can not find
    plzz tell me the pin configuration

  • Hello Sir,
    I programmed another PIC and now RA3 pin is providing base bias to transistor. Base voltage=0.7V.
    But still the LED is not blinking and there is no output as well.
    Also the output pins RB0 to RB5 are not getting voltage. Only RB6=4.9V
    Please, help me out at your earliest.
    Thank you.

  • No, LED doesn’t blink in either case i.e. if feedback is given OR LED grounded. How can I check whether PIC is working or not? Should I program another PIC?

  • Sir,
    In heart rate measurement circuit,when I give the feedback from LED to collector of BC547 or when I connect LED to ground,my transmitting photodiode does not work,but when I give the feedback as well as ground the LED,photodiode works.What could be the problem here?Please reply.

    • @ashita,
      This is because the PIC is not working. The PIC microcontroller should turn the RA3 pin high while measuring the heart rate. When RA3 is high, the BC547 transistor conducts and provides ground to pin ‘a’, which will turn the photodiode on too. If you directly ground terminal ‘a’ (both LED and photodiode) then does the LED blink when you place finger on the sensor assembly?

  • No..LED is not blinking and even the nothing is getting displayed on display… I have checked all the connections and are correct…. how should I find the fault?

  • Sir,
    I have implemented your heart rate measurement circuit. I have burned the HEX file given by you on IC.
    But, is there any other setting (Fuse setting) required as we were told at the shop. Please reply.

  • Sir, I have burned the HEX file given by you on IC. But, is there any other setting (Fuse setting) required as we were told at the shop. Please reply.

  • Sir, I implemented the circuit. But neither my LED is blinking and nor the displays are giving output. I checked all my connections and are OK. Can you please suggest me the method of troubleshooting my the circuit? Where could be the fault?

  • OK thank you. I’ve fixed the problem i thought it was the lm358. but it was a mistake i misplaced a resistor for another on my bread board.it really works. i don’t know if I’m violating any agreement for the use of this site i suppose this is not a forum where i post threads but rather a comment text box.i really don’t know the difference anyway. but please I’ll like to ask all me questions through this method. conditional gone micro programming remaining thank you SIRE!! and happy new year in AD.

  • great work and nice one. the micro-controller and the programming part is quite easy,but I’m kinda having a problem of getting my output at the LED from the conditional. though I’m using LM358 instead of mcp602. I’ve tried to fix this, but what i get is when ever i move an object rapidly over the IR rx and tx, the LED just blinks and refuse to further detect my heartbeat pulse. pls any HELP? thanks

  • Hello Sir,
    The connection of microcontroller from pin 6 to 12 via 330ohm resistors is to be done to the display from a to h or pin 1 to 10? for eg. pin6 is to be connected to seg a or to pin 1 of display(LT543).

    • @purohit,
      Pins 6 through 10 of the microcontroller should connect to segments ‘a’ through ‘f’, and ‘dp’ (g) of seven segment module.

  • Is there anybody who making this curcuit with TCRT5000L sensor?I tried to work this system with this sensor but i couldnt work the system.I cant get the heart rate bliking to red led which used in this curcuit.The sensor dont sense the heart rate from fingertip.If i moved my fingertip on top of the sensor,the sensor sensed it and red led blinking but i put my fingertip on the sensor without moving red led didnt blink.
    I changed resistor which placed infront of the IR TX(150 ohm) with a 220 ohm potentiometer but i couldnt get led blinking which varied with heartrate.
    Pls help me.Thanks.

  • i really av interest in this work and av proposed it as aproject topic.av studied the work and also gone tru all the questions and answers provided.they av really increased my understanding. what program is suitable 4 opening the Source and HEX files.what is the difference betw the complete program written for MikroC compiler and An assembled HEX file which is also available to download.

  • Hi, R-B
    This project is so interesting.
    where i can buy/find the “opaque material” that you used to surround two LEDs.

  • Thank you sir.

  • Hello Sir,
    Can you please tell me that which is the program from pulserate.asm & pulserate.c? OR is it the combination of two? How can I combine them to use as a single program?

    • @Purohit,
      There is only one program which is pulserate.c, which is written and compiled with MikroC Pro for PIC compiler. pulserate.asm and pulserate.HEX are the assembly and HEX outputs generated by the compiler. Only pulserate.HEX is to be loaded into the microcontroller.

  • Sir, you mention that we can use LM358 instead of Mcp602 but LM358 does not have rail to rail output swing characteristic…plz tell me sir can i use it

    • I forgot that part but it could still be used to amplify the signal to appropriate level that is accepted as logic 1 by the microcontroller. If I don’t find MCP602, I would try LM358.

  • are the IR led and photodiode strong enough sensors to measure the bpm through the finger??

    • @Maham,
      IR LED and photodiode are good enough to detect the variation in blood volume inside finger arteries. It the Op-Amp stage that amplifies the signal by 10000 times to make it strong.

  • hello … i need your help…
    1) are it possible if i want to change 7 segment dispaly with 16×2 LCD ??
    2) if possible where i can get example of coding

    • Wan,
      1. Yes, it is possible.
      2. I don’t have a code for that but look at my tutorials on PIC, where you will find one on LCD interfacing.

  • At once thanks a lot for sharing this project with us.i’m doing this project for my lecture.i have questions about this circuit.One of them i buy TCRT5000L – OPTICAL SENSOR and i do this project with it.i cant understand this:TCRT5000L has transistor output.Have i use to BC547 transistor?i dont know it because TCRT5000L has transistor i think perhaps this transistor used instead of BC547.
    My second question: Are 150ohm and 33kohm enough for this optical sensor?

    • TCRT5000L has transistor output but you can’t use it as a normal transistor as you don’t have access to its base terminal. It should be used as a normal photodiode.

  • I’ve sent it to you…
    Thank you for your interest in seeing it…

  • sir can u plz… help me with my project…
    i need to control a resistive touch panel with pic can u help me plz…

  • For Sure.. I’m happy share the stuff…. But let me say that i’ve made it complicated with 7447 decoder ICs and using separate ports for each digit, just to save the programming part… I’ll post the things here soon (how can i?) or shall i mail you the stuff??

    • Hi Sarath,
      You can email me the document to admin (at) embedded-lab.com. We would love to see your version using BCD to seven segment decoders.

  • HOW much rupees we spend for this circuit?

  • Thank You… I’ve Successfully implemented the same project using an 89c51 microcontroller and your analog circuitry….
    Your high gain amplifier + filter is a great design, which almost eliminates all the noises present………
    Thanking you again….

    • Hi Sarath,
      It’s glad to know that you have successfully made this project with 89C51 microcontroller. Would you like to share your version of the project here so that others will find it helpful too?

  • how do i check that????

  • my 7 segment display is not counting . it shows 888 at the beginning and when i clear it. It shows 000. LED blinks on a regular interval but the counter doesn’t count……. what do u think is wrong????

  • Hi, sir
    Is it make any difference if i use the MCP6022 op-amp instead of MCP602 op-amp since the pin configuration are identical, much thanks

  • Hello R-B

    Do I need to modify the code since I’m using a 4 digit 7-segment LCD display ? The one I use is CA. I checked the code and set it to work on 4 MHz oscillationm, but when I try to make it work, the circuit give me false results and sometimes upside down. What do you think ?

    Thank you,

    • Hssoon,
      If you connect the LED segments and three digit select pins correctly, you don’t have to modify code. Check your connections and make sure they are right.

  • sir when i place the finger the led blinks and the cct is working properly but 7-segment display is not working………. plz help me i have a deadline till monday………. i think the problem is with my hex file can u mail it to me…… amna-1991@live.com

    • The HEX file provided in the zipped folder is correct. Check your circuit connections and make sure everything is ok. Try a LED flashing program first to see if the PIC is actually running.

  • PIC16F688 have 14 pins
    and no Capture/Compare/PWM Peripherals
    wil it work??

  • sir, which another amplifier I can use instead of MCP602.

    Sir can u send me c program including comment because i am unable to understand or can you send me a complete report of this project.please sir

  • Sir, can I use PIC16F688 micro-controller for this project???

  • Sir, great tutorial can i share on my own website?

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  • In the circuit scheme there are two opamps but, in real circuit there is one opamp. Where is second one :)

    • @lakka76,
      This line is from the text described in the article:
      The operational amplifier IC used in this circuit is MCP602, a dual OpAmp chip from Microchip.

  • How can i simulate this circuit??

  • I am currently trying to build the test circuit portion of this design using LM358. Whenever I try this exact set up, my beat indication LED stays on and does not blink no matter if I place my finger on the sensors or not or if I adjust the voltage on the IR LED. What is my problem? In my setup GAIN is 10000 and cutoff frequency is 2.82 Hz.

  • i brought the Cana kit usb pic programmer to try to load HEX table into the chip , Cana come with a program that allow to load HEX table into my chip, is it good that i load the provided HEX using Cana’s software or i have to use MikronC for this project, thanks

  • plus what program did you use to upload the HEX file to the microcontroller ? I’m using PICkit2, but I think I’m having a difficulty to do it, as the program freezes everytime I try to make it. Thanks.

  • Hey R-B,

    I managed to build the circuit without any voltage drop or short circuits. I have some questions, I’m using a 7-segments LED CA with 4 digits display “thats Young Sun Model: YSD-439AK2B-35″, Following the datasheet, I connected everything as shown in you schematic, but the display does not show anything. I’m using a 4 MHz crystal and didn’t modify the C file. Another question is, is it normal that when I place my finger on the sensor, the LED will blink once first before I push the start button ?

    Thank you

    • Yes, the LED will blink when you first bring your finger near the sensor. This is because the motion of the finger creates a very low frequency AC signal. Check your connections to make sure that the circuit is setup correctly. I would first try a test program to display a static number on the three seven segment LED display to check the circuit is OK.

  • hi, i have a question about the circuit diagram. How can i simulate this circuit. In multisim there is no photo diode. What should i do? help plase:S

  • hello, now I have project to make heart beat measurement from finger trip but the measurement must be show in mobile phone. I’m comfused to make it. can you help me?
    my blog diagram is the first, with use sensor and then data from sensor will converted use microprocessor. after that, data will be sent to mobile phone use serial communication and application in mobile phone will be showed the data.
    help me

  • hello, now I have project to make heart beat measurement from finger trip but the measurement must be show in mobile phone. I’m comfused to make it. can you help me?
    my blog diagram is the first, with use sensor and then data from sensor will converted use microprocessor. after that, data will be sent to mobile phone use serial communication and application in mobile phone will be showed the data.
    how about you?

  • sir
    iam a biomedical engineering student
    I am making the above project.
    but i am not able to load the hex file on to my pic microcontroller
    Please can u help me by giving ur advice!!!

  • Hello R-B.

    I really liked the way the circuit worked on our side. I tried to follow the same steps you did, and tried to build it in my workshop by first making the circuit and trying to adjust the proper resistance using potentiometer. The problem is that I have a volte drop when I apply a 5V from the power supply. I checked the circuit but to me everything seemed ok and based on the schematics. What do you think sir ? Thank you.

  • hello,sir now this one is working fine but can we make it more advance in this by adding spo2 measurement using the same chip with little difference in program and circuit side

  • hi RB..

    i’m newbie here and searching for a pulse oximeter circuit for my project and i found out your circuit above is very interesting yet simple.i can see from the actual circuit that there are 2 LEDs (yellow and red) for blinking purpose. but why there are only one LED in the drawing circuit? where’s the other one?? hope u could help me as soon as possible. tq :)

  • sir,there are instructions like

    MOVLW 192
    MOVWF R0+0

    what does this R0+0 represent…what does this 0 after R0 represent

  • i want to know if there some possible of this circuit combine with wireless module and send the data to the receiver…

    if yes,what should i do?

    design a new circuit or need some little touch up of your circuit…

    i want the project become like this link:
    http://people.ece.cornell.edu/land/courses/ece4760/FinalProjects/s2011/xy222_yw437_ha245/xy222_yw437_ha245/index.html

  • sir, is the program in the file pulsemeter.asm…is this compatible with pic 16F628A???

  • sir i cant get the code..its not in the proper format!! can u mail it to karan_sinha46@yahoo.com!! Its urgent and very necessary.

  • hello sir,
    i have taken this project as my minor project but im not able to get the program. Im using 16F628A microcontroller…can u please tell me the program for that…ill be very grateful to u….and that will help me with my minor project also.

  • sir i’m really working with this project with pic16f877…i also modify the code regarding portA..but it still not working…i don’t know what’s the problem…

  • Hello Sir,
    Which the second IC other than microcontroller in the actual working ckt shown? Can you pl provide the program in assembly language?
    What is the difference between the microntroller used here and AT89C2051/52?

  • Can you give schematic diagram

  • hi, i am not getting the pulse on display ,and same time led is also not blinking,i have checked ir diode which is working well but not sure about photodiode . help me out

  • just wanna ask if I can use LM741 instead of MCP602?

  • Hi Raj
    For the heart rate measurement through the finger i know the pluses is counted by the micro-controller you listed that the actual heart beat is 4 times the pluses output, why is it 4 times? is it because of the micro-controller?

    • This is because the microcontroller counts the pulses for 15 sec and so you have to multiply the count by 4 to determine the heart rate per minute (60 sec).

  • What is the difference between the microntroller used here and AT89C2051/52?

  • Thank you sir for your prompt reply.
    I want to ask one more thing that the frequency that we r considering, 2.5 Hz, is it no more related to which frequencies we want to pass through which we r getting from d output of Photo diode? Do we have to pass all the frequencies?
    Thank you.

    • The reason for selecting cut-off frequency of 2.5 Hz is to enhance the Signal-to-Noise ratio at the output of OpAmp by filtering out any high frequency noise in the signal coming from the photo diode.

  • Could you please tell me that how have you decided that 2.5 Hz frequency will give maximum of 150bpm. How to decide which frequency is to be used? Please reply, It’s very urgent.
    Thank You!!

  • my 3 digit 7 segment display has 11pin, is it suppose to be like that? the datasheet says 12. i dont know how to connect it. help please asap

  • where can i get the datasheet for the 3digit display. coz i dont knw where to connect a-g. and the transistor.

  • where can i get the datasheet for the 3digit display. coz i dont knw where to connect a-g. and the transistor.

  • thank you,it’s a cool project.

  • I do like the pulse sensors and looks like the way to go but rhey maybe little hard to get hold of as it looks like they were a project for someone which needed funding and they reached there target. May have to wait until some more are made and in stock.
    Do you think they need to used in conjunction with a Arduino board/project or could i use it with something like this and bypass the finger pulse:

    http://embedded-lab.com/blog/?p=1671

  • Thats a good find thx. It indicates you can sew it into material so if its able to obtain a pulse from under you arm it may be a option to sew it into my ipod arm strap.
    Do you think there would be a way to amplify the signal so it could be strong enough to be used in a Pic?

    One more question, where yould you get a pulse from in your ear? Just thinking maybe it could be used in conjunction with some headphones?

    Thx Again

    • Pulse can be measured at various parts of body by sensing the fluctuation of blood volume inside arteries. The blood volume is fluctuating because the heart is pumping blood into the arteries at each beat. The same concept is applied to sense pulse from ear.

  • HI Guys

    Just came across this site.
    Much the same as yourself and looking into a project for my final year in electronics. Not sure if this seems too advanced for me…
    Was looking at building something into a arm-strap, like the ones you get to hold an Ipod. Would this LED pick up a heartbeat from the inside or your arm or does it have to be a finger?
    I would also like something which records the heartbeat continuously over a long period of time and measure max, min etc.
    Then would like to after workout plug into pc and be able to put data onto some sought of chart. This would mean you be able to see progress achieved over time.
    Does this sound visible and would this project be able to achieve this?

  • disregard my last post….i already got it..tnahk u… i just want 2 know how did u get a 5v supply from the 9v battery?

  • …I’m working on this project but the code has really an error..

  • sir what does O/P mean in the last diagram?

  • helpful site for beginner and advance

  • i have a problem finding a 3digit 7segment display what else can i use? plz help

  • I have an idea to apply your system to detect the micro size of fluorescent-labeled particle in micro channel. Could you suggest optical system and IC which is fine enough to detect in micro scale.
    Thank you for your kind corresponding.

  • sir i urgently need a circuit diagram 4 above circuit not 2 separate but proper complied one that can be drawn on pcb layout software n if possible pcb layout .pls pls do reply its very urgent

  • please , can u provide us with a circuit diagram of the above said project as we are doing in our college….
    in the above mentioned e-mail id….

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  • have you tried to use java language or vb.net 2008 instead of using mikroC compiler in your code?

  • i forgot to ask if you tried to use your code in java language or vb.net 2008?
    thanks..

  • helo, can i get all the list of materials you used in this project? me and my groupmates choose it as our project in micro.com

  • Sir,
    Could we use 8051 for the given project as we are more well versed with it.
    Please do let us know ASAP.
    Thank you.

  • you can email me here:jack_pumpking12@yahoo.com

  • dear sir,can you please provide a parts list and the printed circuit if you have them.thanks

  • pls send me the complete circuit diagram without the circuit on it.I need it urgently

    • @varshil,
      What you mean by the complete circuit diagram without the circuit on it. The complete circuit diagram is described in the post.

  • thanx a lot for ur reply..

    but if i use pic’s internal clock at 4mhz then is there any disadvantage over XTAL oscillator? and can u give me one example that how to use case for delay and multiplier?

  • @Rajendra Bhatt

    i need ur suggestion
    as in this project u have designed software that after pressing start key microcontroller count pulses for 15sec and after that count will be multiplied by 4 to get pulse rate in BPM.

    but i want to do following changes . i want to put here 3 switches 1 for 15sec as u have 2nd of 30 sec and 3rd of 60 sec . that is if i press 30 sec button then microcontroller will count the pulses for 30 sec and then that count*2= answer. similerly for 60sec but here whatever the count that will be answer.

    plz tell me how to mmodify the software for this? give me some clue.. and if possible tell me in brief. because i m student and newbie in PIC microcontroller. i m waiting for ur reply. thanx in advance.

    • Tushar,
      Consider the following things:

      1. If you want to modify the project the way you describe, you need to first find out how you will manage the I/O pins in PIC16F628A. If you follow the circuit diagram that I have provided, there is only one extra pin (RA5) left. You could either switch to a bigger PIC micro or use internal clock source so that you could use RA6 and RA7 pins for I/O purpose.

      2. The software modification won’t be a big issue. Use a CASE statement to assign the appropriate value for the multiplier (4, 2, or 1 depending upon what key is pressed. The Delay_ms() function doesn’t accept variable input, so you loop the 15 ms delay for 1, 2, or 4 times depending upon the multiplier factor.

  • plzz.send me ans. as fast as possible.plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • can i use 8051 micro controller for this .and if yes then what should be change in this whole project?

  • please post the history of heart rate measurement!

  • so sorry for too much comment now it is build successfully.. ur hex file is compiled for 8 MHZ btw. :)

  • now i tried to compile the c file but i m getting this error in new compiler

    78 355 Redefinition of ‘main [PulseMeter.c] ‘. ‘main’ already defined in ‘heart_rate.c’ PulseMeter.c

  • and i m using general RS232 DB9 connector home made programmer with winpic800 software

  • ok ok .. thanx ..i m compiling and telling result.

  • @R-B asking again bcoz i think u forgot to read it. :)
    thanx a lot for your reply..
    1)i m using PIC16F628A as u mention in your project.

    2)i never used MikroC.. even i didn’t edited ur code. i directly programmed HEX file u have given..

    3)i have not change any configuration setting as the ur hex file loaded it shows its default configuration i directly burned it into my PIC16F628A

    4)as when i used 4Mhz X-TAL in the circuit the IR LED turned on and takes exactly(Counted with digital stopwatch) 31.5 sec. so it display result which is more than twice. NOTE: i tried to program and use another piece of PIC16F 628A but same happening.

    5)i wondered so i just connect 10Mhz X-TAL now result displayed after exactly 12.3 sec and it is quite less than normal reading . after that i connect 8 mhz Xtal now it is giving normal reading .

    but i cant understand .. and even if 8 MHZ is working fine i cant use it in the circuit because i m doing this project for my LAST year engineering degree(Thanx a lot to you, only because of you) so i need to give explanation for that ..

    i m waiting for ur reply. Thanx once again. :) God bless you. :)

    • @Tushar,
      I did read your comments but did you try to compile the program from the latest version of MikroC? Don’t use the HEX file, and compile the fresh program with MikroC Pro for PIC version 5.01, the link I sent you. And while compiling the program, you can select the clock frequency in the project Edit window. What programmer are you using to load HEX file into the PIC?

  • After a bit of googling came to know that even the comparator on this chip is just 4 bits which is so awefull for any wide range project. RA0-RA3 is analog input capable but only in 4 bits mode.. so If I use it as a voltmeter for 1.5-9v, I get steps of 1.5, 2, 2.5 which is not good. So gonna use the capture function on the CCP port on RB3.. It has 8 bits resolution..

  • Nice project, I came here reading this in search of how to input and sense an analog input voltage to 16f628 as it has no ADC but only comparators.. Could you explain me that part alone? In your code I see no part where the input from RA4 is processed, except the tris setting RA4 as input. The datasheet states comparators are on port RA0-RA3, but how RA4 is used here?? If you could help me with this or what part of the datasheet indicates its usage, I would be grateful. I use Hi tech c, but wont be a problem, I can adapt code. Thank You :)

  • ok.. i will ry it .. but please read my above comment also .. first one big..

  • and i tried to compile ur file with “MicroC pro for PIC version 3.2″ but giving following error

    [IMG]http://i54.tinypic.com/106n3ar.jpg[/IMG]

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  • @R-B
    thanx a lot for your reply..
    1)i m using PIC16F628A as u mention in your project.

    2)i never used MikroC.. even i didn’t edited ur code. i directly programmed HEX file u have given..

    3)i have not change any configuration setting as the ur hex file loaded it shows its default configuration i directly burned it into my PIC16F628A

    4)as when i used 4Mhz X-TAL in the circuit the IR LED turned on and takes exactly(Counted with digital stopwatch) 31.5 sec. so it display result which is more than twice. NOTE: i tried to program and use another piece of PIC16F 628A but same happening.

    5)i wondered so i just connect 10Mhz X-TAL now result displayed after exactly 12.3 sec and it is quite less than normal reading . after that i connect 8 mhz Xtal now it is giving normal reading .

    but i cant understand .. and even if 8 MHZ is working fine i cant use it in the circuit because i m doing this project for my LAST year engineering degree(Thanx a lot to you, only because of you) so i need to give explanation for that ..

    i m waiting for ur reply. Thanx once again. :) God bless you. :)

  • i have done this project and conect 4 MHZ Xtal but it is giving me twice reading .. when i try to connect 8MHZ xtal it now giving exact reading as we want

    • @Tushar,
      What microcontroller are you using? Are you programming with MikroC? What is your configuration register settings? I can’t really tell without these details. If you set 8.0 MHz clock in MikroC Project Edit, then using a 4 MHz will slow down the PIC and will count the pulses for 30 sec (instead of 15 sec), which will double the BPM measurement. When you use 4 MHz XTAL, how long does it take to display the heart rate once you press Start button?

  • I made this project but i checked it showing high pulse rate my 168bpm also i checked my friends.. it always showing more than 140bpm …

    i want to ask you that is there any calibration need?

  • instead of reflecting senser can u use same senser to keep our fingure tip in between them? i tried with it bu it doesnt detect any heart beat.. help me plz. is there any need to change signal conditioning circuit

  • Could you please tell me the pin configuration of 3 digit common Anode display….

  • Hi I want if I can give the program the pic by q gives me error that program or the program would saver if I can send the original to please thanks pzelada15@gmail.com

  • send me right code of Heart rate measurement from fingertip on my email id atif_328@yahoo.com .

    • @atif,
      What makes you think that the code is not correct? It worked for me and some other people too. I am sorry I don’t have any additional code.

  • ur circuit cannot work
    tx rx not working i need real code . i wait for ur correct code mail

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  • hi mr. R-B
    i’m still waiting for the circuit .. you can email it to me at salih1990@yahoo.com thank you

  • Dear R-B,
    i’ll thank u forever if u could provide me with the circuit i bought the sensor from the factory directly in china :)

  • dear R-B,
    would you check this link please you can find the same info. that i’ve got about this sensor http://www.eatelier.nl/attachments/article/59/PPG%20Sensor%20System.pdf

    • @s00a00s
      I checked the document and it is about a project that uses this sensor. But it doesn’t provide much info on the sensor part. I think the sensor has three terminals, which I would guess to be Anode of IR LED, Open collector of Photo transistor, and Cathode of IR LED+Emitter of Photo Transistor. I think you should be able to make the necessary change in the circuit with this info. If not, I will draw one for you tomorrow. Where did you buy this sensor from?

  • hi mr. R-B
    i have some questions lets say i want to use the finger clip sensor HRM-2511B from http://www.kytocn.com/e/products/pulse-accessories/p72.html
    how would i connect the BC574 , 1k Ohm and the RA3 ???
    please its very important for me to know this answer please do help me …

  • Hello,
    please help me!

    Thank you

    • Hossein,

      Any OpAmp with rail to rail output swing will work. I am not sure how LM2903 would perform as it is more a comparator than a OpAmp. If you want to operate this project with 3 V, you should make sure that the PIC you are using can run at that voltage. You may have to adjust the values of some resistors on the sensor side too. In order to measure heart rate higher than 150 bpm, you need to increase the cut-off frequency of the low pass filters. The formula of calculating the cut-off frequency is shown on the circuit diagram.

  • hello,
    Thank you very much,

    I have two question?

    1-can i use lm2903 op-amp instead of mcp602?
    2- if i want to use 3v supply must change circuit? if any change needed please help me!
    3- if measure bigger than 150 bpm, what do i?

    please help me!
    thank you for every thing!

  • hi sir can you tell me which type of infrared led and receiver you have used in this project and of which model.

  • Sir, im trying this project but it is not working please tell me your email id so i can mail you my problem on bread board this circuit is not working and i programmed the pic16f628a as per hex file you have provided.

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  • dear sir,
    i’m very happy that i can find all what i want in your post but last thing is the pcb !! if u can provide it would be very n!ce from u, thank you very much :)

  • sir,
    what this project exactly measures hert bits or puls rate please send me the answer.any one ask the 1st questen is this i confused.

  • sir,
    in theory given for this project the cut off frequency of low pass filter is 2.5 Hz is given i confused that you said 150 Hz is the cut of frequency of low pass filter.please tell me about this.

  • sir,
    i made this project it works very well. you said that maximum measurable reading 150 bpm. but in my project reading greater than 150 bpm appears and i used same components. tell me the project working perfectly or not if yes then please send me the formula for maximum measurable heart rate by the project.

    • Ashwini,
      150 Hz is the cut-off frequency of the Low-pass filter in the circuit, but that does not mean that it will cut the frequencies higher than that sharply. But, I wonder where did you measure heart beat higher than 150?

  • sir,
    i made aall possible corrections in the project. i replace the controller and dual opamp ic by new ic (pic16f628a, mcp602)and check the optical sensor and all connections but the project is not working please send me the solution.

  • bro i used MC33171 , till that i m no succed , first im making this phase to get pulse then i want to use 8051 max coding i make.. but in first phase pulse is not coming .. i use same this ckt for MC33171 and the same value resistors and capacitor
    Regards
    plz give me answer..

  • anybody have PCB (printed circuit board)?

  • dear Rajendra,

    many thanks for all your exellent job you did here in the internet with PIC Applications. I made your Heart rate measurement device and it is working fine. I tryed hard to get it working with a LCD 16×2 but I’m not smart enough to get it running. For shure you have an idea how to do this.
    best regars
    Peter

  • sir,
    I made the project heart rate measuremenr from fingertip and I was succeed. the project works perfectly. after some days due to some
    reasons it do not works.it works same as the video shows.
    when I swich on the power supply the display shows 888 instead of 000. and when place the finger on sensor press the start switch the led not blink. please you send me the solution of this problem.I think that the problem is due to the sensor(photo+led)it may be damage.for checking the BLINKING led is damage or not i give it +5v supply when the power supply of total circuit is on i think it is my mistak.
    sir please tell me the solution for this problem. then I can check the project as you guide.

    • vrushali,
      If the problem was with sensor, then the microcontroller should still display 000 as it is not receiving any pulses. I would suggest to check all the connections again. It seems to me like the microcontroller is not working properly. Have you soldered the circuit on prototyping board or it is on the breadboard? I would like to see pictures of your board, can you send me at rajbex at gmail dot com?

  • sir,
    thnx a lot.that was very helpful.but the Pot i was talking about is not the one on the input side. I was referring to the Pot after the stage1 of the opamp.its a 10k pot wich links stage1 to the stage2:- http://www.emo.org.tr/ekler/a568a2aa8c19a31_ek.pdf

    • newbie,
      I see what you are talking about. This potentiometer is to control the output from the first Opamp stage which I have ignored. You can do the same. I don’t think it would matter too much.

  • sir,
    plz tell me the following:
    1.what will be the o/p vtg of the photodiode/transistor?
    2.by providing 101 gain to opamps,do u intend to drive them into saturation? Plz tell me how xactly the digitisation is taking place in the opamp
    3.In the ckt by Dogan Ibrahim and Kadri Buruncuk (mentioned in ur references) they have added a Pot after the first stage.why is that so?
    [i am a beginner in elex, plz forgive me if the ques are too silly!]

    • The output voltage from photo detecting diode consists a dc component voltage (from biasing) and an ac signal (a few millivolts). The dc is blocked with the 1 uF capacitor at the input stage and the ac signal is amplified with Opamp circuit. The two stage Opamp circuit provides sufficient gain to amplify the ac signal up to saturation so that the output pulses will swing from 0 – 5V (rail-to-rail). There is no special digitization other than this. The potentiometer at the input stage helps to adjust the current through the IR transmitting diode to appropriate level. Read the last paragraphs in my article.

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  • sir
    could you please provide me with the pic program in mnemonics form as i m not able to convert the hex file to mnemonics or atleast provide me with the way to do so…
    my email id is rajat4nov@gmail.com

    thank you

    • R-G,
      The updated zipped file now contains the MASM file generated by mikroC compiler. You will find your mnemonics code in there.

  • dear sir
    iam using PIC 16f877a instead of 16f628 , the cicuit doesnt works
    what should i do in SW to solve this ,i used same pin config in 16f877a

    • In PIC16F877A, PORTA is multiplexed with Analog Input channels, and therefore you need to set PORTA pins as digital I/O. You can do it by adding ADCON1 = 6; after CMCON = 7; line in the main program.

  • Can you send print the circuit diagram …. necessary so hurry (orhankoruyucu@hotmail.com)

  • @R-B:
    thnx for solving my quesn.Im thinkin of makin a clamp for the tx-rx that will be well-covered so that ambient light/other obstructions wont affect detector o/p.can i gnd the LED now? will it still affect the detector?
    my other question is does the detector actually produce sufficient voltage change when the finger is placed? i tested this ckt & used a piece of paper to ‘cut’ thru the ir tx and rx.i did get pulses at the opamp o/p. but when i placed my finger betwm them, i didnt…(my ir tx & rx dint have proper isolation.ambient light could have affectd it)

    • Rahul,
      You can ground the LED, that will not affect the measurement. If you don’t see any LED blinking after placing a finger, I would suggest to vary the intensity of transmitted IR light. Refer the test circuit I have provided at the end of the article and read that paragraph carefully.

  • sir;
    why we have 9v dc battery in this project ? what is the name of this theory ? or suggest name for the process of measuring heart bits per minutes.

  • sir
    I have studied your project and i find it very intersting project . But what are its uses means what can we prove from this project?

  • sir, plz explain me how exactly u are controlling IR Xmission by giving IR_Tx to pin RA3? I do realise that u are settin it as 1 before countin starts and making it 0 aftr 15sec.
    also, why is the blinking LED connected to ‘a’? what if i ground it?

    • Rahul,
      In order to save power, the IR transmission diode is not continuously on. That’s why it is turned on for 15 sec only when the microcontroller is counting pulses. The cathode of blinking LED is connected to ‘a’ and not to the ground so that it will blink only when the microcontroller is reading the pulses. Otherwise, you will see it blinking every time when there is a change in the intensity of light falling on the photo detector. For example, if the LED pin grounded, then waving your hand near the sensor could make the LED blink. But if you connect the pin to ‘a’, the LED will turn on only when the BC547 transistor is conducting, and that happens while taking the readings.

  • hello, this project is very awesome. i really like to try and build it but i also want to know besides adding an oximeter are there any other addition that we can add to this project?

  • Did you use a specific op amp for the project? I have a single voltage supply and rail to rail output swing, but I can not seem to get the circuit to work for the life of me. Thank you.

  • sir u have mentioned that we can use optical sensor in place of ir and photo diode assembly but how it can be connected will u please tell me that?

    • The link I have provided is for an optical sensor from Tayda Electronics. It isn’t different from what has been used in the project. It also consists of an IR diode and a photo diode assembled together. It has separate pins for IR and photo diodes, so it should be used in a similar way.

  • IN THE CIRCUIT DIAGRAM WHERE YOU HAVE CONNECTED THE PIC TO CLEAR CIRCUIT , THE CORRESPONDING PIN OF PIC SHOULD BE 4 BUT YOU HAVE CONNECTED THE 5 PIN …PLEASE CLARIFY MY DOUBT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE….

  • I am currently trying to build the test circuit portion of this design since I am so far unable to locate a PIC programmer. Whenever I try this exact set up, my beat indication LED stays on and does not blink no matter if I place my finger on the sensors or not or if I adjust the voltage on the IR LED. The peak voltage for my IR LED is 1.2V and 5V for the photosensor. What is my problem?

    • It doesn’t make sense that the LED stays on because the amplifier should not respond to any dc signal because of dc blocking capacitor. What Op-amp are you using? Could you send me your complete circuit diagram? I didn’t get what you mean by 1.2 V and 5 V? Both should be powered from 5 V with resistors in series. You can email me at rajbex at gmail dot com.

  • Sushma,
    The diode is for reverse polarity protection, and you can use any general purpose diode (such as 1N4001).

  • Thank u so much for providing such a important solution on my problem of getting 5v from 9v battery. But u havent mentioned value of diode used in that circuit. will u please provide value of that diode?

  • Orhan,did you found mcp602 opamp?I didn’t found that but I bought LM358.that pcb necassary for me too.I’ll make at this weekend.

  • I want you to find that your project printed circuit board. I’ll be very happy to have if you would give. Thanks in advance

  • sir;
    I have difficulty in finding circuit which is use to obtain 5v from 9v supply battery. will u please tell me the value of resistor and capacitor used in that circuit?

  • [help] Does it have pcb of that circuit? such as : http://bit.ly/eTbrJ6
    it’s not easy for me.

  • Ok thanks… i don’t notice that before

  • Dear sir;
    where do i get the details of the project to start developing it. i try to check for more information about the project to try building it myself but basically i can only view the theory and introduction… can u help me with its detail like the programming, the list of components and some guides to building the project. thanks for the post.

  • I made first part of circuit using LM358 as suggested and BPW34. I used ladies hair clip to mount IR Tx led and BPW34 for cliping it to finger . It works wonderful. Be carful while using these clips, higher spring tension may prevent pulse detection, but its easy to find suitable one, with huge variety.

    Like others I request you to add oximeter functionality to it.

    Keep up good work.

    Mahesh

  • R-B and others, ignore last post by me, I discovered problem, and switched to mikroC for PIC, and the code compiled fine.

  • Fun project. I am having problems building the c code on MPLAB. Seems to not recognize “_Delay_ms” The compiler Error indicates this as “undefined”. I have successfully burned using hex code, but wanted to play with the parameters in the C code, then compile that.

  • sir,can i use PIC16F877A instead of PIC16F628A for the same circuit? and can any photodiode sense the reflected IR or there is special type of IR sensor photodiode?

    • You can use whatever microcontroller you want, but you have to modify the code accordingly. There are no special IR and photo diodes used in the project.

  • Miceuz,
    I didn’t see the output wave on oscilloscope, but I agree the circuit is highly sensitive because of its large gain. While taking measurement, the finger must be still, a little movement can affect the measurement. The active low pass filter has cutoff frequency of 2.5 Hz, which means any movement of finger could create a frequency within the range. While working on this project, I also noticed that the vertical distance between the finger and the sensor also affects the circuit operation. Here are my few suggestions to improve the robustness of the circuit.

    1. Avoid any cross-talk between the photo diode and the IR diode. Except the top portion, sensors must be surrounded by an opaque material. This will minimize the effect of surrounding light condition.

    2. IR diodes and photo diodes from different vendors have different voltage and current specifications. The resistance of 150R in IR Tx works for my sensor set, but it is not universal. This resistor determines the intensity of the IR light to be transmitted. I would suggest to use a potentiometer to find out its appropriate value for your sensor set. I have mentioned this in Important Note section of this project.

    3. If I have to do this project again, I would measure the transmitted IR light, instead of the reflected one. I would use a finger clip equipped with an IR diode and a photo diode on its two sides. Use of the clip minimizes the relative motion between the sensors and the finger.

  • Did you succeed to get it to work reliably? i’ve assembled the cirquit, but it seems to be highly dependent on the way finger is placed on sensor – you move it a bit and instantly get totally different wave on the output. What could you suggest to improve the robustness of the cirquit?

  • Brett,
    I appreciate your suggestion. I have in my mind to build a open source pulse Oximeter, but not sure when am I going to start. I was wondering how would I calibrate the O2 measurements? Do you have any better idea besides using a ready made Pulse Oximeter?
    Thank you.

  • Take this a couple steps further – build a Pulse Oximeter. This is a device the measures the dissolved oxygen in blood (% saturation), and as a side benefit, also measures the pulse rate.

    The principle is that by shining two different wavelengths of infrared light through the finger, you can determine the amount of oxygen in blood by looking at the ratio of how much of each wavelength is transmitted.

    A side effect of this is that the signal strength depends on the instantaneous blood pressure. Once you compensate for blood pressure for the O2 measurement, you also know the pulse rate.

  • Try OP295 or LM358. If you don’t get any of them, try an opamp IC that can operate on a single supply and provides rail to rail output swing.

  • What other opamp I can use instead of MCP602, I am not able to get it.
    Project is interesting, keep up good work. I wondered if I could use IR receiver TSOP1738 etc, may be not a good idea.

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  • Great article – thanks for sharing.

    What would also be cool would be a software upgrade that showed the heart rate continuously. This would not only save you waiting for 15s before getting *any* indication of the rate, but would also then let you monitor it over time, say as you tried to relax more deeply (a sort of biofeedback exercise), or as you attempted some other task (that didn’t cause your test finger to wobble!), etc. It could just display an average rate so far for the first 15s, and then perhaps a rolling 15s (or less) average after that.

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  • Extremely helpful! I am beginning to understand how the circuit works. Will give it a try :)
    Thank you for this great article!

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  • Martin,
    I have added a few more paragraphs at the end of the article to provide a little bit more detail on the sensor part. I hope you will find it helpful. Once you get pulses (corresponding to heartbeats) at the output of the signal conditioning circuit, you can use any microcontroller for counting them and displaying the result.

  • I just love your hand-drawn schematics.

    Is it wrong that I find that nearly as cool as the device itself?

  • Cool project! I’m not that awesome electronics guy, I’d like to know how to get the heart beat signal only, like where it goes into the led. Is it possible to use this with an Arduino for example?
    Is your diode-pair prefabricated or did you just place an led and photodiode side by side? It looks like such a nice little package.
    Thanks for the great work ( and your help? :) )

  • I really like seeing original projects that comes after some research and scientific facts. I got tired seeing all the time “An arduino flasher” and “An arduino LED fader”. Keep up the good work, and thanks for tipping.

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