Heart Rate Waterproof Measuring Apparatus
Last December I wrote a post about a new type of a heart rate monitor for swimmers invented by Hind Hobeika, an entrepreneur from Beirut. What makes her invention stand out from typical heart rate monitors is the fact that it is attached to the swimmer’s goggles, so it can measure the heart rate of the swimmer while he or she is swimming.
If you are interested in learning more about it, the US Patent Office recently published the patent application for this invention: “Heart Rate Waterproof Measuring Apparatus,” filed June 23, 2011.
A biofeedback device and the reflected infrared sensor used thereby are described herein that can be mounted on or integrated with eyewear such as swimming goggles. The biofeedback device includes a heart rate measuring apparatus comprising a reflected infrared sensor, a microcontroller comprising one or more filters and one or more amplifiers, a power source in electrical communication with the heart rate measuring apparatus, and a user interface. The reflected infrared sensor is positionable to detect heart rate from the temporal artery in the head. Heart rate is then communicated to the user by one or more tactile, auditory, or visual signal elements, such as a light-emitting diode display mounted within the goggles so as to be visible to the user while swimming.”