Our Fall is starting out really great. We've got some new software examples that explore Heart Rate Variability (HRV) up on the Code and Guide page, and a few stories to tell. 

First up: How To Do Open Source

We got a nice pingback from OHS Park and their Staff Pics this week. They picked Ladvien's great post on the trials and tribulations in the making of a Homemade Pulse Sensor. Two weeks ago, he was the Fail of the Week over at Hackaday. Glad to hear that he worked out the kinks in his process! Here at Pulse Sensor, we support open and honest copies and improvements. That's what Open Hardware is all about!

What Open Hardware is NOT about is disingenuous ripoffs and selling what amounts to a bill-of-goods (def. 2). That's what happened to an unwary shopper from Eastern Europe when he purchased what he thought was a legit Pulse Sensor, but then he received the hardware with an incomplete kit (no ear clip, velcro parts, vinyl stickers, or even a cable). We don't even know if the hardware they are selling works or not. Here's a link to the counterfeit Pulse Sensor from Good Luck Buy.

DO NOT BUY PULSE SENSOR FROM GOOD LUCK BUY the name says it all.

We love Open Hardware here at Pulse Sensor, and we understand the potential risks and rewards of releasing all of our design plans. And we also realize that getting cloned means that we must be doing something right... But that doesn't mean that we will put up with sub-standard ripoffs which sully the good name of our product!

If you don't buy the Pulse Sensor from us directly (which is fine! we also love our resellers!) make sure the company is reputable and trustworthy! The companies that we have re-seller agreements with are Adafruit, Sparkfun, and Maker Shed. If you are finding our Pulse Sensor at a different supplier, please be aware and double check the source! 

 

Getting Started Video

February 26, 2013

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Pulse Sensor Getting Started Guide from yury g on Vimeo.

We are releasing an informative new video today.  It illustrates the best practices for setting up the Pulse Sensor as a Finger Strap or Ear Clip, and thus getting best readings from a user.  For your viewing please, the video is narrated by the voice of Christopher Walken.

 

Tito Jankowski used the Pulse Sensor in a workshop and talk for TEDx Kids in Brussels.   The opening of the above news segment shows lots of kids experimenting and playing with their hearts. Tito's full talk here.


We are happy to announce an update to our Arduino and Processing example code!

Pulse Sensor Amped Arduino 1.1

Pulse Sensor Amped Processing 1.1

The new Arduino code contains an enhanced beat finding algorithm, and tidies up some inefficiencies since the last version.

We have also put together a detailed walk-through of the Arduino code for your edification.

  

We are announcing a big big upgrade to the Pulse Sensor today, with the release of Pulse Sensor Amped!   

Pulse Sensor Amped adds amplification and noise cancellation circuitry to our original Pulse Sensor hardware.  It's noticeably faster and easier to get reliable pulse readings.  Also, Pulse Sensor Amped works with either a 3Volt and 5Volt Arduino. We've discontinued our previous Pulse Sensor models because this one is so darn good.

Lastly, we've also streamlined and improved the included Processing visualization software and Arduino code. This is our 3rd generation Pulse Sensor, and definitely our sweetest hardware and software creation to date. 

Some folks in Belfast have created an interactive entertainment platform called Sensum, and it looks really cool ! "Sensum integrates emotional response reporting into any media and is universally compatible with a wide range of platforms and devices." Wow. Catch up on all the biofeedback-in-entertainment news on their tumbler. The company behind Sensum is called Filmtrip, and they are not new to this kind of thing. Here's a project of theirs called Biosuite, and a great article in the New Scientist. They backed our Kickstarter last year (You Rock!) and just made a video to demo Pulse Sensor sending data wirelessly over XBee, a moble app, controlling Xbox Kinect, and fading theatrical lighting over DMX512. Super Duper Cool.

Also:

Homage to The Hitchhiker's Guide, via Pulse Sensor and Arduino:

And:

PulseSensor meets Android:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbUVIZi9aLo&w=560&h=315] Very nice video here by Becky Stern (of Craft and Make) who made an awesome project for Make Projects (and the below issue) with the Pulse Sensor. -&- Also, the good folks at Make Magazine asked us to write a detailed article about the Pulse Sensor for the first 2012 issue. The "DIY SuperHuman" issue is all about bio-sensing. It's a great volume and worth getting if you are into that kinda thing. If you are reading this you can assume that you into that kinda thing....

We are happy to report that our good friends at the Maker Shed are now stocking the Pulse Sensor! So while we anticipate the arrival of the new parts, you can go there to buy one. While supplies last!

The Pulse Sensor has been getting out and about in the world.
 
Two weeks ago we were interviewed for an MTV Brazil show called Mod. It will air in the fall in Brazil, or be available on their website shortly after.  
We were also invited to speak and demo the sensor at the NY MeetUp for Quantified Self. This is a very interesting organization that you should know about if you don't already. http://quantifiedself.com/ is the mothership site. QS has a unique distinction of being a $600 Kickstarter rewards backer. You'll see their name immortalized in the Pulse Sensor code.  
Coming up Tuesday, we were invited to poster at the 1st IEEE EMBS Unconference on Wearable & Ubiquitous Technology for Health & Wellness in Boston. This is part of the 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. If you are at the conf in Boston, come say hello.