health app Google Fit iOS has recently gained some new additions – which, while already available on Android devices, would be most welcome for those who are health-conscious but don’t have the money to squander it on an Apple Watch or the like.
Now, with the help of the iPhone’s camera, the app can easily and quickly detect your heart rate and breathing rate – even without an internet connection.
To measure your heart rate, simply place the tip of your finger on the iPhone’s main camera for about 30 seconds with light pressure. At the end of the analysis, the application will show you your results and allow you to save them, but warns that they are for informational purposes only.
It is also worth noting that the accuracy of the process is determined by the Google Fit algorithms, which also take into account factors such as age and skin color. For testing purposes, I measured my heart rate with Google Fit and Apple Watch at the same time, and they both got the same result.
To detect the breathing rate, the iPhone must be placed on a stable surface and facing the device. Then, the front camera will detect slight differences in the movement of the user’s chest to estimate the number of breaths in 30 seconds.
Google Fit can still be connected to the app the health And create alerts so the app reminds you to check vitals from time to time.
In any case, it is worth emphasizing that the results collected by Google Fit should not be used for medical purposes or to diagnose health conditions, since, like measurements made by smartwatches and the like, none of these measurements come close to those made through Medical equipment. Precision – but can be used for reference/comparison purposes. 😉
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