[IAEP] Fwd: Heart Rate Monitor Peripheral

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Wed Apr 8 07:29:21 EDT 2009

Alas, the blocker with Measure (and Turtle Art with Sensors) is that
we haven't come to consensus regarding a packaging strategy for the
binary drivers we include for support of the sensor input; these
differ by architecture, which wasn't a problem when we were building
for just one architecture. Perhaps the packaging gurus can chime in.
(See http://dev.sugarlabs.org/ticket/155).


On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 3:44 AM, Seth Woodworth <seth at laptop.org> wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Tom Boonsiri <tom.boonsiri at gmail.com>
> Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 2:31 AM
> Subject: Heart Rate Monitor Peripheral
> To: seth.woodworth at gmail.com
> Fellow developers,
> Is your Measure activity feeling neglected? If so, shame on you. =)
> I'd like to encourage everyone to build on the great work of Arjun
> Sarwal and help us extend the sensor interface with our peripheral --
> the heart rate monitor.
> Pictures of the device:
> http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3559/3419907541_f62b168dce_m.jpg
> http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3558/3420715230_00e29b7787_m.jpg
> It's a relatively simple device that measures the blood flow in your
> finger with an infrared sensor. Powered by USB, the device sends
> measurements to the XO via the AC/DC sensor interface (audio jack).
> Using a Measure variant with a heart beat detection method, we are
> able to display the heart rate (as shown in the pic).
> If you're a developer interested in integrating biofeedback into your
> application, please email me for more details on how you can get your
> hands on a few of our peripherals. Otherwise, we are looking for
> developers who can help us evolve the Measure activity to better suit
> the lesson plan we have created for the device. The device is not of
> clinical quality and solely for educational purposes. We are
> definitely interested in feedback on our direction.
> In the short-term, it would be interesting to develop a gui where you
> could structure a family tree (even extending it to branches for
> relatives) and allow kids to record measurements for various family
> members. This could potentially evolve into other health education
> efforts with a wiki backbone to support health wellness.
> Please send me your feedback and your interest!
> Thanks,
> Tom Boonsiri -- OLPC GoldenState
> (tom.boonsiri at gmail.com)
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Walter Bender
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