Google has released a major update to its Google Fit for iOS app. The update enables iPhone users to measure their heart rate and respiratory rate using their iPhone’s cameras. This enables them to measure their vital functions even when they are out of the network coverage area, in other words, when they are offline.
according to a report good Google has rolled out a new feature on its Google Fit for iOS app that enables iPhone users to measure their heart rate by placing their fingers on the rear-facing camera lens and applying light pressure. Users can also turn on the flash to increase accuracy in low-light environments. Alternatively, they can place their hands and their iPhones in front of the light source.
The company is reportedly using changes in the color of users’ fingers to measure blood flow. The heart rate algorithm takes into account many other factors, including skin tone, age and lightness, among other things. The whole measurement process takes about 30 seconds, after which the app shows preview graphs and blood pressure measurements at the bottom of the screen. Once the app has shown the results, users can decide whether they want to record important information measured in the app.
The best part about this feature is that the app does not need to interact with Google’s servers to process the data. Simply put, it works even when there is no internet connection or the iPhone is in offline mode.
measuring respiratory rate
As for respiration measurements, the publication says that Google Fit’s iOS app uses the iPhone’s FaceID cameras to measure breaths taken per minute. All users need to do is hold their iPhones on a stable surface, so that their heads and their torso are clearly visible through the phone’s front camera. Like the heart rate measurement, the process takes about 30 seconds, during which time the Google Fit app calculates users’ respiratory rates by measuring chest movements using computer vision tracking technology.
It is worth noting that Google first introduced this feature in Android phones. Now, almost a year later, the company is rolling out support for these features in its iOS app. That said, Google explicitly warns its users that the measurements taken by the app are “not for medical purposes and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition.” ”
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