November 18, 2011
Imagine walking up to a friend or co-worker and saying something like: “Stare deep into my iPad 2 and allow me tell you … your pulse and respiration rate.” Sounds kind of silly, however, Philips has made it possible with their new app: Vital Signs Camera - Philips. This new app might be a great addition to your health folder on your iPad 2. Philips uses the front facing camera combined with their software to measure your breathing and pulse. To be more specific, Vital Signs Camera will measure your pulse by the color of your face and analyze your breathing by the motion of your chest. I had a hard time believing it would get the pulse right, but amazingly, it did. I tried it several times, and had others try it too. No app would be complete these days without having some type of social networking built in, so of course you can share your results on Facebook, Twitter or by email. There is a disclaimer in iTunes about Vital Signs Camera, which says:
The Vital Signs Camera App for iPad 2 is not intended for diagnosis or for clinical measurements, monitoring or decision making. Measurements and statistics are provided for entertainment purposes only.No surprise they posted this, however, my results were pretty accurate. Vital Signs Camera-Philips only works on the iPad 2, as you need the front facing camera. Check it out in the App Store for only $0.99!
Vital Signs Camera - Philips