Archive for November 16th, 2010

While it would be kind of weird to call a heart rate app my “favorite” app, I will admit I think it’s the most creative app I’ve ever downloaded.  First were the racing games that you steered by just moving the phone.  Then the dice games where you rolled dice by shaking the phone.  Now, a heart rate monitor that uses the camera to measure heart rate.  That’s right!

Free app “Instant Heart Rate” is available on the Android market (and app market for you Apple fanboys) for FREE.  Yes.  And you can even turn off the ads.  You then open the app and, using the LED flash to light your finger while placed over the camera, measures your pulse pretty darn accurately if you ask me.  Lisa and I tried it and it effectively jumped way up for her pulse, as would be expected based on her medicine, then back down for mine.  Also matched her manual measurements.  Nice.

I think my favorite thing about this is that it uses the technology to do something USEFUL.  It’s this kind of ingenuity that I like donating money toward.  And yes, I will be making a donation because 1) the developer doesn’t blatently ask for it or plaster the app and his website with download links, 2) because it works, and 3) this kind of forward thinking deserves reward.

Nicely done.  Very nicely done.

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I believe I first got the idea from Lifehacker.com, which was probably a repost from instructables or DIY…nevertheless, I was able to use an old credit card, heated with a torch lighter and cut just right, to make a remarkably sturdy stand for my Droid.  Makes it very nice for using as a desk clock.  No mote need for a clock radio!

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