Wow

After owning a iPhone for the last year, I believe I have developed quite a good idea of the amazing things that it can do to the point that even as new applications are available, I am beginning to not find them as impressive as I once did. However, today I stumbled across an app that made me return to my initial hype for the phone (also available for android).

The application is called ‘Instant Heart Rate‘ and it does exactly what is says, with an impressive level of accuracy. Instant Heart Rate is the most accurate heart rate monitor app for iPhone and its impressive as it does not need any external hardware.

To make it work you simply place your finger gently over the iPhone camera and hold it steady for at least 10 seconds. The application will work by tracking your changes in the light that passes through your finger, turning this information into an appropriate BPM. See the video below.

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So how could I use this in class?

  • To promote discussion about vasodilation/vasoconstriction
  • To discuss the benefits of working within exercise zones for improved fitness
  • Improve understanding of the objective measures of physical activity

How could you use it?

6 thoughts on “Wow”

  1. Hello my name is Kristie. I am a student at the Univerity of South Alabama. I also have a blog at Kristie George.blogspot.com. I would just like to say that this sounds like a very good app and I plan on giving it a try. I believe it will be great when working out. This app can help keep up with your heart rate to make sure you are getting good cardio.

  2. Hey Mr Robbo!

    I’m back for another comment, and I have to say, this is actually very cool. I’ve had an iPhone for four years (mine is one of the dinosaurs) and having an app that would allow me to check my heart rate would be awesome. I took a health class last semester that taught me the basics for understanding the processes involved in remaining healthy and monitoring my body’s responses to exercise, but the one thing I always had trouble with was taking my own heart rate. I don’t know why, but I can’t count the beats and keep an eye on my watch at the same time. Haha. Anyway, thanks for the info on this app!

    -Bailey

  3. That is a crazy app, but what I love about it is that it shows a school division that if they are putting money into buying these devices that they can be used in all the curriculum’s for so many different task. I think phy ed is a hard subject to like to technology at times and this app just shows the versatility of new technologies.

  4. Mr. Robbo,
    My name is Whitney Greer and I am a student in Dr, Strange’s EDM 310 class and for our blog assigment I was chosen to discover what information your blog holds that can be of vaule to me, as a future educators. Given that i do not yet have an Iphone your information you have provided only makes me want the iphone even more! For the users of the Iphone, I feel this video was very informing and easy to understand! Thanks for sharing your blog 🙂 Feel free to visit my class blogWhitney’s Blog

  5. Hi Mr. Robbo!

    I’m back for another post. Although I don’t own an iphone, I did just purchase the Samsung Galaxy today. It’s just another company’s version of the iphone. I’m definitely going to have to look to see if this app is available for my phone! It is a very cool app for a physical education teacher and for someone like me that loves to workout and run. Thank you for sharing, once again!

    -Samantha

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