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Vital Signs Camera - Philips

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Measure your heart rate and breathing rate from a distance, simply by using the camera of your iPad or iPhone!

The first Health & Fitness app to measure heart rate and breathing rate from a distance that reached #1 in 75 countries!

Note: The Vital Signs Camera app has been released for all dual-core iOS devices with a front facing camera (iPad and iPhone). Remote heart rate measurement is not available on single-core iOS devices with a front facing camera (iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G).

Vital Signs Camera in the news:
BBC's "Monitor Me"-
Business Insider - Philips' Vital Signs Camera app is pure genius.
Wired - The app that performs this double-rainbow of technological magic is Philips Vital Signs Camera.
MacNewsWorld - Philips Vital Signs Camera is surprisingly accurate.
Cult of Mac - Its creators have labeled it an “amazing innovation,” and we’re inclined to agree.

This amazing breakthrough technology allows you to measure your vital signs in an easy and unobtrusive way at home*. It measures contactless and can even measure two people at the same time!
• Measures your heart rate from the changes in color of your face
• Measures your breathing rate from the motion of your chest
• Unobtrusive: no need to hold or even touch the iPad or iPhone!
• No additional hardware, just uses the camera and advanced video analysis software created by Philips Research.

How it works?
Your heartbeat causes small changes in the color of your face. These changes are not visible to the eye, but with advanced software the iPad or iPhone camera detects these "micro-blushes" to measure your heart rate.

When you breathe, your chest moves up and down. With advanced software, the iPad or iPhone camera tracks the movement of your chest to measure your breathing rate.

More features:
+ Use the history graphs to look at heart rate and breathing rate trends
+ Compare your measurements to your daily or hourly average
+ Export your history using iTunes
+ Share screenshots of your results online
+ Two hearts beat as one: measure the heart rate of two people at the same time!

Vital Signs Camera app – another amazing innovation by Philips!

* The Vital Signs Camera app is not intended for diagnosis or for clinical measurements, monitoring or decision making. Measurements and statistics are provided for entertainment purposes only.

What's New in Version 3.1.0

- New design layout
- Minor bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Five Stars if it shared with HealthKit

This app shows so much promise, but unfortunately at this time is limited in capacity. It is simply awe inspiring to take your vitals as simply as you take a selfie. It's truly groundbreaking. Well, it would be, with just a few usability and connectability tweaks.

For instance, not sharing with HealthKit is such a huge negative in my eyes, it deserves a -2 star knock for that alone. I centralize everything in HealthKit and I'm sure many users like me as well.

And as other users mentioned, ability to use the better spec'd back camera to take vitals on people other than yourself is a big neg too. Wouldn't it be incredible for in field clinicians and EMTs to compress some gadgets in their toolkit to an iPhone? Sure that's a little simplistic, but underscores a vision where with intelligent apps, a family can take more control of their health by easily monitoring their vitals on a device that is always with them. That optimistic vision is at this moment in April 2016, deployed as an underwhelming reality. Philips, you are Philips! You can do this right! :-)

Works as well as ever!

Haven't had a chance to test the newest release under outdoor lighting, but continues to be an amazing little feat of image analysis that accurately detects pulse rate and breath rate.

Modest disclaimer: I work for Philips, but in a totally unrelated capacity.

Update May 2015: still works as well as ever - not sure what prompted this latest release after a long quiet period. But if you guys are listening, here's a feature request: get the app measurement history integrated into Apple's HealthKit! Centralized health data would be a good feature.


Um, why can't a person use their camera in normal mode? Being forced to use the front camera doesn't allow this app to be used on anyone other than the person holding the phone/camera. Who cares about disturbing another when getting vitals if the person having their vitals read has to be the one hold the camera? Makes zero sense. I could check my own heart rate and respiratory rate for free! Fix this and maybe people can actually benefit from the technology ... and add Dropbox or other synch features, exporting from iTunes is not sufficient.

Vital Signs Camera - Philips
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Health & Fitness
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  • Version: 3.1.0
  • Size: 13.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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