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Thread: Heart rate monitor???
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Dan Lloyd wrote:
>You can buy bands that go around your chest that actually transmit pulses,
>via RF, to a receiver (this is the kind of things used for professional
>cycle computers). They are about $80 but I cannot remember the
>source.....maybe it was King Cycle?. You can also buy "clip on" units but I
>am not sure about their output.

Polar is the big producer - and has the main patents. You can pick
up the belt signals with an LC ckt+amplifier tuned to between 1 & 5
Khz - forget exactly.

>As opposed to that, you could always do some signal processing on an
>electrode output or use an infra red sensor to detect "pulses" of blood
>moving under the skin (usually on fingers, wrist or ear lobes).

IR devices are not as good as the Polar belt/watch units for activity

You can tape electrodes to the chest, like they do with EKGs, and
feed them to a fairly simple differential amp [basic signals are
couple of mV], but now you have to worry about safety/electrocution
concerns, and severe regulatory issues with the FDA.

You can probably find ckts/etc by doing a search at google.com.

- Dan Michaels
Oricom Technologies

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