Wednesday, 7 March 2007
Broadcasting your Heart Beat
This morning the first 3 students completed the exercise part of our lab class. For the first team the basics are done and we start with the exciting part ;-)
We have different sensors that can be connected via Bluetooth to the phone (e.g. heart rate, pulse oximeter, GPS) and the task for the project is to invent a new application that makes use of sensors and creates a new user experience.
In the brainstorming session some were tearing out their hair - but it was rewarding. Some of the ideas that came out are really novel - and perhaps a bit to crazy to implement them. One example of such an idea is to create a web radio station that broadcasts the live heart beat of celebrities as an audio stream (not sure if this is the right way to fame). Other ideas centered on support for sport, exercise and mobile health.
Alexander De Luca (a former colleague from LMU Munich) was spending the last few days with us here. He helped greatly to write some code to get the Alivetec-ECG data parsed.