Pulse: stay in your zone

Pulse is a wearable accessory and mobile phone experience that monitors your heart rate and helps keep you in your most optimal fitness zone.

Fitness performance made simple

There are a lot of heart rate monitors on the market today that are bulky and uncomfortable to wear (such as large chest bands), or that are undesirable for people who want a more fashionable solution to their sports activities (such as bulky watches). In addition, focusing on staying within your optimal target heart rate zone can help you burn more calories and reach your goals more efficiently. No constant calculation in your head. No bulky hardware. Pulse simplifies your heart rate performance and helps keep you in your zone, beautifully and discretely.

Know when you're in or out of your target zone, at a glance

Focusing on staying within your optimal target heart rate zone can help you burn more calories and reach your goals more efficiently. The experience simplifies heart rate monitoring by focusing on keeping you in your zone. No need to calculate your heart rate during your work out. The experience does it for you.

Making real-time feedback fashionable

Some people want a more fashionable approach to their fitness gear. Pulse is a fashionable approach to heart rate monitoring that can be worn as a piece of jewelry. It’s small, discrete, and you can comfortably wear it anywhere.

Connect to your friends and support group

The experience allows you to select your most optimal target heart rate to your needs and goals using the mobile app. Change it at any time. Connect to your friends and trainer to help keep you on track and share your progress.

Ring interaction
On the phone, select your target zone based on your goals. The ring is connected to the phone and provides visual and haptic feedback that helps you stay within your zone during your work out. If you’re in your zone, it pulses white. If you’re below it, it turns blue indicating that you’re too cold. If you’re above it, it turns red indicating that you’re working out too intensely.

Experiential Prototype

Experiential Prototypes are used to "test often and fail early" in order to iterate and improve new experiences early in the design phase. This makes it easier and more efficient to get a sense of the feel and interaction before investing in the development prototype. This experiential prototype was built using the new open-source Pulse Sensor that was recently developed and funded through Kickstarter. Custom software was created for the ring interaction and tested during a variety of fitness activities such as running, biking and gym use. Watch the video to see it in action during a 6 mile outdoor run.

Findings
The haptic feedback was initially too aggressive. It was adjusted so that it provided 3 taps when you're above your target heart rate zone and only 1 tap when you're below. This seemed to provide enough touch feedback without interrupting the flow of your workout. It was also just enough to nudge you to glance at the ring to see more specifically what zone you're in.

The light pulses to your heart rate when you're in your target heart rate zone. This mode is unnecessary when you're doing activities such as running since you simply glance at the ring rather than look at it for long periods of time. The pulsing does work really nicely when on a bike, especially indoors when your hand is placed in a similar location during your workout. In that case, it provides a beautiful way to visual your heart rate in real-time.

Squeezing the heart rate sensor too tightly against the finger lead to some errors. This is particularly problematic when on a bike. Holding the handle pushes the ring into the finger. This was improved when two wires were placed into the ring that kept the sensor from pressing into the skin too tightly. Consider the ID to solve this problem.

This prototype was not tested in rain or very wet conditions. Too much moister could lead to errors or short-outs. This will need to be considered in the development prototype.





Experiential Prototype



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35 Comments

  1. Nancyv
    November 17, 2011

    Pulse is so absolutely and essentially cool! I can’t wait until you have these available for purchase!!! I would LOVE to have one!

  2. Hazel
    February 12, 2012

    Not only would these rings be useful for fitness, but for those like me who need to monitor their heart rate for health reasons. I am unable to run or do much exercise due to my physical disability, I do however need to keep track of my heart rate with a big bulky ugly watch. To be able to keep track of my heart rate and record it using the app, for doctor’s use in the future, would be great. The colour coding system is especially helpful, and lets my family know if they need to be extra watchful (ie. have the defibrillator on hand in case the worst happens).

    Thank you so much, I can’t wait until you have these available for purchase!

  3. Radostina Stoycheva
    August 6, 2012

    Have you thought about making this accessible for other apps?

  4. jennifer
    August 6, 2012

    Radostina – absolutely. I see a product like this integrating nicely with a variety of platforms such as SweetBeats and other fitness products.

  5. Brennan Novak
    September 26, 2012

    Awesome. I would love to purchase one as soon as they are available. I’m also a good beta tester =)

  6. Robert Tillung
    September 26, 2012

    This would be a great alternative to wearing the chest straps, so I will definitely be considering this as soon as one comes on the market.

  7. Marie taft
    September 27, 2012

    I can’t wait for this product, with heart issues this would be the perfect. I would be willing to be a beta tester,as well. My heart rate varies due to the effects of radiation treatment. I have to wear a sports watch, which is fine but not so nice when dressing up. This seems like a good solution. Thank you for your research on this project.

  8. Dan Chu
    September 29, 2012

    I can see this being a great product for people with heart problem, such as uneven heart beats. It would be great to constantly monitor heart rate and would be a early warning system for user and their doctors.

  9. Robert Matthews
    October 4, 2012

    Would love to have one of these…I would make a *great* beta tester ,

  10. Jose
    October 11, 2012

    Where can I get this????

  11. Kang
    October 23, 2012

    I want this ASAP! I have a heart condition and need something to monitor my heart rate. I hate watches. Please keep me informed.

  12. Arnold
    October 27, 2012

    I am definitely interested as well! Please make this thing a reality, would LOVE one of these!

  13. Tommy
    December 6, 2012

    Love the idea and would gladly beta test. Please bring this market, I would definitely buy it!

  14. Liuxi
    December 17, 2012

    How to buy one?

  15. Lynn
    January 29, 2013

    I want one!! Where and when can I buy it??

  16. mary
    February 22, 2013

    I want, I want, I WANT! i would love to be a tester. this is just what ive been looking for. Will it be available for android as well?

  17. Ben smith
    February 23, 2013

    IDE definatly get one of these let me know when they
    Are available I would also be willing to beta test
    one and you should include the ability within the app
    To sync data with other fitness app like fitbit

  18. Rupa
    April 24, 2013

    Hi where do we get this

  19. Linda
    May 1, 2013

    PLEASE add me to your beta testing! I’m an aging boomer getting into shape to ride a long distance biking fund raiser in Sept and need to be sure I don’t push too hard too fast. This would be perfect! Thanks for your consideration!

  20. BINOS
    May 15, 2013

    Hello, I saw your website and I am interested in this accessory could you tell me where it is possible to acquire

    CDT

    LOUIS BINOS

  21. 14604
    May 18, 2013

    It’s great that you’ve taken the effort and time to assist those out there who are
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  22. John
    May 27, 2013

    What stage of development are you guys in? I’m a marathon runner and biker and would certainly be interested in one or testing it.

  23. Larry B.
    May 31, 2013

    I’m 49 and I exercise at least three times a week by swimming with a High Level Masters group. I eat well and I’m not heavy but I just had a stent put in. I’m even more focused on a healthy lifestyle and understanding what is best for my heart. Pulse is the perfect solution for me but many if not all of my activities are in and around the water. I still surf along with my swimming and I have no plans of slowing down. I will be 1st in line to buy this product as long as I know it can be used all the time in a salt water environment. Love the idea!!!

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  25. Tonya
    July 23, 2013

    Recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and tachycardia, I am looking for an inconspicuous way to monitor my heart rate – especially during exercise. I have small hands and wrists and would prefer a thin wrist band or – even better- a ring! Let me know when you get this on the market – I definitely want one.

  26. Antonio
    July 29, 2013

    I would love to buy this.i am currently looking at other brands but this is exactly what I need.I would love some information on this and a ballpark of a release date?

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  28. Gian Luca
    September 1, 2013

    I would like to buy this!

  29. Michel jr.
    September 29, 2013

    Is there a release date set!? I’d love to have one !

  30. Jessie
    October 10, 2013

    PLEASE tell me when this will be release!

  31. Alvaro
    November 18, 2013

    I am really interested in this technology for helping people with heart conditions or to use it as a tool for hospitals or healthcare. Any idea when this will be available???

    Thank you.

  32. ronee
    December 7, 2013

    I am excited and wanting one of these devices, especially for my daughter who is a yoga instructor and this small item will be welcoming

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  34. Maria
    January 8, 2014

    Hi,
    I am not having any heart condition or similar but I going to the gym almost every day and would like to track my pulse. Please let me know when you have a release date for this product. I would be very happy to be a beta tester as well. This is one of the greatest pulse sensor I ever seen. Good luck with your project and I hope to hear from you soon.

  35. Kate
    March 5, 2014

    When will this be available for purchase?

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