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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 3.0.2

Release notes

Version 3.0.2 of the Vital Signs Camera app includes the following updates:

* Ready for the summer: higher contrast colors in user interface for improved readability on sunny days
* Support for iPhone 5 screen size & retina displays on iPads
* Added heart-rate only and breathing-rate only modes to focus on a single measurement
* Improved history functionality
* Improved User Interface

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Customer Reviews

Vital Signs Camera App

I couldn’t imagine that this app would be anywhere near accurate. I purchased it because Davis Argus (amazing physician and researcher) wrote "Really amazing app that can measure your heart rate and breathing through the iPhone or iPad camera. The camera detects subtle changes in the skin color of your face to measure your heart rate and movements of your chest to measure your breathing rate. It really works, and is accurate! You have to try it.”
So I did try it and looked at the different readings I would get if I just took my pulse and respiration rate manually, used a pulse oximeter or this program.
Vital Signs turned out to be spot on.
Cool tool for sure..


Pretty good HR monitor, Breathing measurements don't work at all. Difficult to get app to work in Landscape mode; even when opening in the correct orientation will switch to portrait once active. Constantly freezes. Surprised Philips hasn't worked out the bugs, they've had plenty of time now and this reflects poorly on the company. Also this is supposedly an iPad optimized version, but only appears among my iPhone apps.

Like it but...

This app ranked #2 in my search for the perfect heart rate monitor app for my iPhone. I like it a lot but holding the phone to get within the guide is quite awkward. The breathing monitor does not always generate a read if not correctly done. Would like to see the option to place finger on rear lens as a added option. Overall it works.

Vital Signs Camera - Philips
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Updated: Jul 26, 2013
  • Version: 3.0.2
  • Size: 4.7 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Philips Electronics Nederland B.V.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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