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sam288

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Does anybody have any idea about piezoelectric accelerometers which can be used for measuring pulse rate in a finger.?
Is it available in th emarket or has to be built..?
 

stan713

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sam288,

You'll need a very sensitive accelerometer to detect this (obviously) but even then a piezoelectric accelerometer may not be the best option. Our heart rate should be roughly 60 beats a minute or on the order of 1 Hz which is at the lower end of piezoelectric accelerometer's bandwidth. You may be better off with a capacitive MEMS accelerometer or piezoresistive.

Here's a link on some basics of accelerometer selection and the difference between the three main accelerometer types (piezoelectric, piezoresistive, and capacitive MEMS): http://blog.mide.com/accelerometer-selection
 

dr pepper

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Forgive me i f this is irrelavent, finger pulse detectors are usually infra red, such a circuit would be easier to build.
 

Reloadron

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Forgive me i f this is irrelavent, finger pulse detectors are usually infra red, such a circuit would be easier to build.
That would be my thinking. A Google of "ir heart rate sensor" will get you a dozen or more hits. These sensors are very inexpensive and easily interface to micro-controllers and other displays. A complete sensor unit, including the LED emitter cost about $3.50 USD. These are what is inside the little clip on units you see used in hospitals or anywhere a heart rate is measured.

Ron
 

Mikebits

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sam288,

You'll need a very sensitive accelerometer to detect this (obviously) but even then a piezoelectric accelerometer may not be the best option. Our heart rate should be roughly 60 beats a minute or on the order of 1 Hz which is at the lower end of piezoelectric accelerometer's bandwidth. You may be better off with a capacitive MEMS accelerometer or piezoresistive.

Here's a link on some basics of accelerometer selection and the difference between the three main accelerometer types (piezoelectric, piezoresistive, and capacitive MEMS): http://blog.mide.com/accelerometer-selection
The original post was in 2009. Maybe MEMS accelerometers were not so easy to find back then? I could not say as I don't remember :)
 

Reloadron

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The original post was in 2009. Maybe MEMS accelerometers were not so easy to find back then? I could not say as I don't remember :)
I hate it when that happens. I forget to look at dates.

Thanks Mike
Ron
 

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dr pepper

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Me too.

I dont think the op will be along soon either, sam's last post was 5 years ago.
 
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