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  • Amira Pettus 9:54 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Heart Racer (The Game) 

    Heart Racer is a goal-based toy that tasks the user with learning how to control her own heart rate within a playful setting.  When the game begins, the player picks a card at random from a stack.  Each card has five circles, each set to either red or blue.  The player must control her heartbeat to recreate the card’s color pattern on the Heart Racer device’s five LEDs.  The player has ten seconds to affect each LED; a low heart rate turns the LED blue while a fast heart rate turns it red.

    Friends with multiple Heart Racer devices can also compete by using the same card.  The user whose Heart Racer most closely matches the pattern on the card wins that round.

    Heart Racer uses the Pulse Sensor to take the user’s heartbeat.  It also uses 5 Red-Green-Blue LEDs to show the user her current heart rate.  Finally, it uses an Arduino as the microcontroller that brings all the parts of the project together.


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  • aisencc 9:17 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Theater Safety Glasses 

    New VIDEO!!

    These glasses cover your eyes at the sight of any dangerous or enervating situation. They are especially useful at the movie theater, when presented with excruciating graphic scenes enough for covering one’s eyes. The glasses have a pulse sensor on an earring clipped to one of the lobes. When the sensor detects an exaltation in pulse servos on both sides of the glasses will close the curtains covering both eyes, and when the pulse reaches normality the curtains retrieve.

  • Joe Volpe 8:47 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Pulse Band 

    I consider Pulse Band to be my first iteration as I begin to explore electronics to be used in the athletic enviroment. Pulse band is a sweat band fitted with a pulse sensor which uses leds to communicate the users heart rate. The project is powered by a coin cell battery and fitted with an off and on switch.

    This project was a huge exploration and learning experience for me. This was my first time using the arduino lilypad, lilypad leds, and conductive thread. I have also learned quite a bit about sewing.

    Going forward with this I will search for better wearable materials that offer a more sleek and light weight look and feel. I will also be exploring options to shrink the electronics down further to fit inside a wrist band.

  • mikesusol 8:11 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Open Heart Robot combines the openHeart LED with a 5V pulse sensor to facilitate a special kind of communication. The boundary between human and robot is blurred as the user sees their own heartbeat represented digitally on the robot’s chest. The anthropomorphized features of the robot, combined with the illusion of controlling the beating heart, invites users to connect and respond to an inanimate object in a very human way.

    Further development is required to connect the robot’s speech mechanism to a corresponding range of heartbeats. A BPM result that is outside the normal human range (>65 or <140 BPM) for a sustained period of time will prompt the robot to declare “You are one of us”. If the robot detects a human-like heartbeat (66-139 BPM) it will say “You are not a robot”.

  • adamsabh 7:41 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  



    Pulse-a-tune is my first iteration of my explorations of electronics combined with music. A new toy prototype to light up your room depending on how your body reacts to the music being played.

    A convenient tool for parties or relaxing evenings to save you the hassle of finding the right way to light your night.

    User < 75 BPM = Blue/Purple

    105 BPM > User > 75 BPM = Red

    User > 105 BPM = Strobe Light

    • Joe Volpe 8:57 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      total youtube star in the making! this video is awesome! lol

    • naterudolph 9:09 pm on April 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      When can we be expecting the release of the alternate version, “Tuna-pulse”?

  • christopherkoelsch 6:36 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Look.Feel Prototype – “There’s Someone In This House” 


    “There’s Someone In This House” is a prototype utilizing a pulse sensor.

    A simulated intruder enters a house with a “victim” in an attic (not seen from the viewer’s perspective).  As the intruder enters the first room, LED’s are timed simultaneously to the user’s heart rate – directly correlating the user’s heart rate.  The only way to keep the intruder from ascending to the attic is “not to panic.”  If the user “panics” with an increased heart rate, the intruder proceeds to the next room, then to the next level, and so forth to the attic.  Once the attic is reached the sound of the intruder’s footsteps are heard – simulating by a “walking” servo motor with a rotary blade.

    The Look/Feel aspect of the house is reflected in the Period introduction in the video:  the facade of the building reflects true crime/sensationalist magazines of the period.

    Yury and I were unable to simulate a desired glowing/fading LED — so blinking to each heart beat was decided upon.  However, I couldn’t get an accurate reading from the sensor to correspond to the LED’s.

    A user is presented in the video for the ideal scenario.

    Future plans include implementation and correction of the above.  I also want to have the servo motor spin in a box of glass to simulate destruction/rape of the victim.  An mp3 shield with timed sound is also being considered.

    This structure will be used for the Final Project with a new motif/theme.

  • normandiaz 6:09 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Perceive Illume 

    Perceive Illume is an ambient RGB lamp, which changes color depending on your heart rate. The user would be able to learn about their BPM through experience.

    The design of the lamp is an abstract representation of the heart and the arteries.

  • naterudolph 4:19 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Tightrope Trainer Prototype 

    The “Tightrope Trainer” is a toy designed to help novices exercise the muscles involved in balancing, and learn techniques to keep their heart rate low. To play, the user must balance according to a sequence shown by the LEDs. Each step in the sequence must be held for a count of 4 heart beats. This is to help users learn how to keep their heart rate low with breathing techniques while still exerting energy keeping their balance. Once the sequence is finished, it can be repeated, or the user can press the button to start a new level.

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