Withings Pulse: Putting the Heart Monitor to the Test

May 11, 2014No Comments

The Withings Pulse is an activity tracker that records your movements, calories burned and sleep time. What sets the Pulse apart from most fitness trackers is its inclusion of a heart-rate sensor, despite its small size.

The Pulse allows you to check your heart rate by putting your fingertip on the optical sensor on the back of the device. The sensor measures your heart rate by emitting light into your fingertip and calculating the changes in the blood’s oxygen levels from the reflected light. In general, the heart rate is measured in beats per minute (bpm), and is normally between 60 and 100 bpm at rest.

Although the heart-rate information from the device shouldn’t be used for medical purposes, knowing your heart rate has some advantages for your health. For example, your resting heart rate may tell you about your fitness.

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