i recently bought me an pulse-heartbeat sensor. Connected him to my brand new M1 mini as well.

I wrote a piece of Code which just outputs the Raw ADC Value from A0 (where the pulse sensor is connected).

Now I'm confused.. When i open Serial Plotter, i get this:

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Which is confusing because i don't get useable Values when putting the sensor up side down, which is the promoted way to do this (i guess!!)

When i press the other side against my wrist, i get this: enter image description here Which i can work with..

But it still doesnt look like some of those perfect diagrams on the internet.

Any can help me understand why i get this type of behaviour?

thanks, nice friday , luca

  • is that the correct usage of the device? ... what happens if you put your finger on the sensor? – jsotola Nov 8 '19 at 21:28
  • Need to build a watch 😀 So there are some significant cons to put it on finger – lucaa Nov 8 '19 at 21:56
  • place the sensor as it is in the picture ... cover the sensor so that extraneous light does not get to it ... wrap a towel around your wrist, for example – jsotola Nov 8 '19 at 22:09
  • „cover the sensor so that extraneous light does not get to it ..“, thanks mate nice tip – lucaa Nov 8 '19 at 22:29

From what I see, this is a pulse sensor that work with light. It emits a bright light beam, that is reflected by the pulsing blood. To work, it must send the light directed to your veins. It should work well on your finger, because the probability to target a vein directly is much greater with a small finger then e.g. a wide wrist. Also the veins in your finger are closer to your skin and the oxygen situation is more different while pulsing, so the blood has more impact on the reflection.

The second curve might be a light source in your room, or an electrical wave. (?) I doubt it is your heart, because, if the numbers below the graph are milliseconds, then your heartbeat would be between 10-15 beats / second, i.e. 600 - 900 per minute. That would be too much even for a hummingbird ;-).

  • Thanks for the input! – lucaa Nov 9 '19 at 21:03

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