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Arduino Crowtail and Easy Pulse Plugin

Easy Pulse Plugin and Grove shield

Arduino Crowtail is a modular and ready-to-use building block set from Elecrow for rapid prototyping with Arduino. It consists of a base Arduino Uno shield to which various sensor and I/O modules can be conveniently interfaced through standardized connectors. In this example, I am going to illustrate how to use the Easy Pulse Plugin sensor with a Crowtail base shield and a Crowtail OLED module to make a stand-alone pulse meter.

Easy Pulse Plugin and Grove shield

Easy Pulse Plugin and Grove shield

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PC-based heart rate monitor using Arduino and Easy Pulse sensor

EasyPulseFingerWear

The heart rate, also referred to as pulse rate, has been recognized as a vital sign since the beginning of medicine, and it is directly related to a person’s cadiovascular health. Today, we are going to make a PC-based heart rate monitor system using an Arduino board and Easy Pulse V1.1 sensor. Easy Pulse is a pulse detecting sensor that uses the principle of transmission photo-plethysmography (PPG) to sense the pulse signal from a finger tip. The sensor output is read by the Arduino board, which then transfers the data to the PC through a serial interface. A PC application is developed using Processing programming language to display the received PPG signal and instantaneous heart rate.

Arduino pulse meter

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Heart rate measurement from fingertip

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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 variation of the blood volume inside a finger artery, which is caused by the pumping action of the heart. It consists of an infrared LED that transmits an IR signal through the fingertip of the subject.  A part of this infrared light 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 LED display. The microcontroller used in this project is PIC16F628A.

Heart rate measuring device using PIC16F628A

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