Cardiio Checks Your Heart Rate In Seconds By Staring At Your Face

iOS: There are plenty of ways to check your heart rate, from expensive gadgets to just using your finger and a stopwatch, but none are quite as clever as Cardiio. You simply download the app, point it at your face, and it provides you with an accurate heart rate.

I had a hard time believing this was actually possible, and so I took my own pulse before using the app. The results were the same. Cardiio successfully reads your heart rate by watching the light reflected on your face. Once it has an accurate measurement, it will show it to you, and you can save it for future reference. It'll let you know how healthy your heart rate is and compare it with others. That's pretty much all the app does, but it's a little mind-blowing that it can get an accurate read from your face. If you have any need to track your heart rate, it's a wonderful addition to your iDevice.

Cardiio ($5.49) [iTunes App Store via Swissmiss]


    android has a free alternative that involves you putting your finger over the camera lens, it seems pretty accurate too

    OK I find this a little hard to take seriously..! Adam did you not consider that your pulse may just have been close to the reading the App gave you anyway? There was a story recently that showed how this could be done using different light wave lengths, but that was a fairly complicated device. I doubt this thing, can actually can read your pulse in an all light conditions and the camera would have to be quite sensitive. Which leaves the front facing camera of most devices in the dark. I call shenanigans.!

    I've got an even easier way. Place two fingers from your right hand on your left wrist and count for 15 seconds. Done. Saved you $5.50.

      haha +1
      By the time you've stopped jogging, cycling, or whatever, got your phone out, unlocked it, opened the app and scanned your face, you might as well have done it the old fashioned way.

      I have tried the Android finger pulse reader. It's total shit. I tested it at resting while using a much more expensive heart rate monitor. It simply does not compare. If you want something to measure your BPM on the go, fork out for a decent digital wrist band monitor.

    I can vouch for the process behind the technology (basically it's a pulse oximeter) - and it sounds like a pretty neat implementation; although, it's really not that hard to take your own pulse without a smart phone.

    there is a Phillips app that does this on ios as well

    Could be something like this

    I quite like an app for windows phone (free as well) where you just place a finger on the camera. Works really well.

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