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Collecting health data with Biostrap

Using a clinical-grade photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor for a month

Nov. 15, 2017 - Willem L. Middelkoop

Most wearables (smartwatches, fitness trackers, etc.) use very basic sensors to capture heart rate. Their signal is binary: just counting beats. Biostrap is different, instead of just checking pulses, it captures a high-fidelity PPG waveform. These waveforms are the same kind that doctors use, making me wonder what I could learn from them!

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Biostrap it's pretty much just like a Swatch, light on the wrist because of it's material: rubber and plastic.
Biostrap it's pretty much just like a Swatch, light on the wrist because of it's material: rubber and plastic.
The Biostrap wrist PPG sensor next to a Swatch Sistem 51
The Biostrap wrist PPG sensor next to a Swatch Sistem 51
Biostrap sensors size compared to an Apple AirPod
Biostrap sensors size compared to an Apple AirPod
Unboxing Biostrap: it comes well packed in a nice box.
Unboxing Biostrap: it comes well packed in a nice box.
Comparing the quality of sleep during two different nights. Being awake more often reduces quality of sleep.
Comparing the quality of sleep during two different nights. Being awake more often reduces quality of sleep.
Instead of just counting beats, the Biostrap cloud services analyses the PPG waveform captured by the sensor.
Instead of just counting beats, the Biostrap cloud services analyses the PPG waveform captured by the sensor.

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