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April 17, 2015 AT 2:00 pm

Build a Raspberry Pi heart rate sensor that streams and blinks #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Via initial state.

Wearables are absolutely blowing up right now. From smart watches and jewelry to devices implanted in your clothes to armbands that allow you to navigate your computer, everything will soon be loaded with sensors. A big application of these wearables that has become very popular is fitness tracking, so I figured I’d talk about putting together and customizing your own heart rate monitor using a Raspberry Pi!

I invested in Adafruit’s Heart Rate Starter Pack which comes with a wireless sensor from Polar. It took me mere minutes to set up a system that blinked a large red LED in time with my heartbeat while streaming that beat for visualization of beats over time.

This tutorial is going to show you how to…

  • Wire up your heart rate receiver
  • Write a short Python script to sync LED blinks with your heartbeat
  • Use Initial State to stream your heart rate and show beats per minute

Read more.


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