Pulse App is an iOS application which measures your heart rate simply by looking at your fingertip with iPhone camera. With its intuitive interface and beautiful graphics, it gives you a feeling as if your heart itself is downloaded onto your iPhone.
Intuitive interface to measure heart rate
As soon as you put your fingertip on iPhone camera, Pulse App starts checking its colour and calibrating. When your heart beats, your fingertip gets slightly red enough for Pulse App to sense and count it as a heartbeat. Pulse App automatically calculates realtime heart rate and finishes measuring when the set time elapses. You don’t have to tap even one button!
There is a few other iOS applications which measure your heart rate in a similar technique with camera. What differentiates Pulse App from them is not only its tap-less interface, but also its beautiful graphics. We employed a circular graphics for the realtime waveform of heartbeat, which gives us a feeling as if a heart itself is beating in your iPhone screen.
Concept and process
Pulse App is developed as an early prototype of tools which enable you to quantify and share a part of your body. With a help of technology and design, we could create a situation where some or all of our body parts are somehow synchronised with others’ body, just like our idea and thoughts are already invaded by Twitter and Facebook timelines.
Through the process of development, we iterated designing and testing for thousands of times. This was crucial process to reach the point where users can emphathise to application’s behaviour and to communicate underlying concept.
Design / Direction : Masaki Shimomura (IXER Design, info |a| ixer.jp)
Design / Engineering : Yosuke Ushigome