Soon, you’ll be able to monitor your heart rate and breathing rate using the Google Fit app and your smartphone camera.
It was formerly uncommon to see someone wearing a Fitbit, Garmin, or Apple Watch on their wrist. The situation has now reversed. Wearable gadgets are being used by a vast number of people to track their health and wellness around the clock.
There are, however, alternatives to wearing anything around your wrist or across your chest. Smartphones contain technology that allows you to track some elements of your health. The microphone, camera, and accelerometer – sensors that can be found in practically any of them – are the key topics here.
Beginning next month, Google Fit will allow you to collect heart rate and respiration rate data using only your smartphone.At first, the feature will only operate on Pixel phones. It will be offered to additional Android devices shortly after that.
How does it work?
Taking a reading on your breathing rate
In a blog post, Google explains the process. You’ll need to sit comfortably to record your breathing rate. Place your smartphone camera in front of your face, facing your head and torso. Almost certainly, you’ll have to lean the phone against something.
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Google Fit will show you how to position yourself correctly. After that, you’ll need to sit quietly in order to get an accurate reading. The app detects minor changes in your chest to determine your breathing rate. The predicted number of breaths per minute will be the end result.
Google Fit will allow you to track your health using only your smartphone’s camera.
Heart rate monitoring is a method of determining the rate at which your heart beats.
Measuring your heart rate is even easier. All you have to do is press your finger against the camera lens on the back. The camera flash will shoot a light into your finger once the reading has started. The AI will then calculate your heart rate by looking for small variations in the color of your fingertips. According to Google, they took into account “lighting, skin tone, age, and more in order to work for everyone.”
Naturally, these techniques are not intended for medical diagnosis. However, they may be advantageous in certain circumstances. Those without a wearable will be able to acquire an approximation of some of their health markers. Using the app offers the extra benefit of saving the results. This means you can track trends over time by collecting measurements on a regular basis.