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A new feature! Why we made it and how it works.

A new feature! Why we made it and how it works.

We’re announcing a new feature….but first, let’s have some backstory and some science!

The back story:

Many mobile phone generations ago, back in 2016, whilst the middle of developing version 1.0 of Virtuali-tee for our Kickstarter backers,  I remember discovering that my phone (Samsung S6) had a pulse sensor built into it. Right next to the camera was a tiny little rectangular sensor, it had always been there, but I had never noticed it. It worked almost like magic, by simply placing my fingertip over the sensor the phone took my pulse rate and presented it to me.

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What Affects Your Heart Rate?

What Affects Your Heart Rate? The Heart Rate is the number which tells you how many times per minute your heart beats. Because there are so many things that can impact your heart rate it changes constantly throughout the day depending on what you’re doing. If you’re exercising your heart rate will increase whereas if you are relaxing your heart will be lower and this is called your resting heart rate.

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Make Your Own Stethoscope

Make Your Own Stethoscope Every time the valves in your heart open and close to let blood flow through it makes a 'dub-dub' sound. If you’ve ever wondered what your heart sounds like you can listen to your own heartbeat with a stethoscope made from rubber tubing, 2 funnels and a balloon. 

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