Posts Tagged ‘barcodes’

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.

I was recently asked by a reader to elaborate a bit on barcodes and the bardcode scanner I implemented with the Kitchen PC. And yes, I said “asked by a reader” because it makes me sound like I have way more readers than the two that actually follow this blog (and neither of them are my wife…it’s just too over the top geek for her). Regardless, here’s some info on how we use the kitchen scanner, as well as some other fun information on barcodes

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The iKitchen PC – Part 1 < --Read Me First!

Like I said, I used Windows 7 Gadgets for the interface. I created most of my own with the iPhone style icons, then added a couple other Gadgets on the right like WeatherBug. Nice thing is I can combine my own Gadgets with the thousands of other Gadgets out there people have created. The gadgets I created are available to anyone who wants them. Info on creating your own gadgets (and much of the original code) was taken from this post:

Original iKitchen Gadget Thread

These are just details about the kitchen pc…software, applications, etc. More for reference than anything.
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