[sdiy] Amplifying Pulse (Slightly OT)

Scott Young thebot at btinternet.com
Fri Aug 10 21:29:23 CEST 2018

I’ve done this!


Used an arduino and one of these:


Other shops are available ;-)

I’ve done this twice actually, one used midi to transfer the pulse with a simple on off, the other transmitted a simple cv pulse that I used to drive a sequencer driving my modular.  I took that setup to a maker faire here in Edinburgh, it was great fun, something really magical about people driving this system with their body.  And also great fun to see people running on the spot trying to up the bpm!

If you want I’ll try and share the code - I had a computer disaster but I should be able to get it I think?


> On 10 Aug 2018, at 12:02, rburnett at richieburnett.co.uk wrote:
>> On 2018-08-10 10:23, Gordonjcp wrote:
>> Your pulse doesn't make any sound.  You can feel a slight flexing of the
>> radial artery when you take your pulse at your wrist, but it's way too
>> small and slow to make any noticeable sound.
>> When you measure blood pressure with an old-fashioned sphygmomanometer
>> you're listening for blood scooshing through the brachial artery as the
>> air bladder in the cuff squeezes it shut.  You pump it up until the
>> noise stops (artery closed) then release the pressure until you just
>> start to hear it hiss through which gives you the systolic pressure, and
>> slowly release it some more until you just hear it as a faint tapping
>> for the diastolic pressure.
> A colleague across the office from me who's working on a project in this area said exactly the same as what Gordon said. Practically word for word.
>> Automatic sphygs use the change in pressure in the bladder to measure
>> it, apparently.  I've never had one apart.
> The "Oscillometric method" apparently, for anyone interested...
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_pressure_measurement#Oscillometric
> -Richie,
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