Yury Gitman and Joel Murphy have created a pulse sensor for Arduino:

It can be used by students, artists, athletes, makers, and game & mobile developers who want to easily incorporate live heart-rate data into their projects.

After a few months of testing a gaggle of techniques, we developed what we think is an innovative pulse sensor. Our prototype (and accompanying code) plugs right into Arduino and easily clips onto a fingertip or earlobe. It’s super small too, button-sized with holes, so can be sewn into a garment as well. We’d like to manufacturer the actual pulse sensor, making it low-cost, and accessible for students, artists, and developers to use in their projects.

It also includes software for graphing BPM on screen. Included software also makes it easy to export live BPM data feed to software (or web app) of choice.

We caught up with Yury and Joel at the recent World Maker Faire community meeting at Etsy (video). They’ve started a Kickstarter page to help them launch the pulse sensor as an open source hardware kit.

In the Maker Shed:


LED Yule Log (Fireplace Simulacra) by Yury Gitman

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).