This is a third project in our chipKIT tutorial series and today we are going to construct a simple pulse rate meter using our Easy Pulse sensor with Digilent’s chipKIT Uno32 board. Digilent’s chipKIT Basic I/O shield is also used in this project for displaying the pulse waveform and the pulse rate.
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Easy Pulse, a DIY pulse sensor based on the principle of photoplethysmography, is now also sold by Elecrow, our China-based collaborator, for only $18.50 and ships world-wide through a registered parcel for less than $5. We encourage international buyers to get it from Elecrow because they can save money shipping, and the shipment comes with a tracking number. US customers, however, would still be able to buy it from our Tindie store.
If you are not familiar with Easy Pulse,
“Easy Pulse is a DIY pulse sensor that can be used for detecting the cardio-vascular pulse wave from a fingertip. It is designed for hobby and educational applications to illustrate the principle of photoplethysmography (PPG), which is a non-invasive optical technique of retrieving vital information about the cardiovascular system from the skin surface. 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 can be thus used to derive the instantaneous heart rate. The Easy Pulse sensor also provides a digital pulse output which is synchronous with the heart beat.”
More information on Easy Pulse: Click here
All the Easy Pulse kits from the first lot were sold out pretty quickly. More kits are available now on Tindie. If you are interested to get one, you can buy it from here: