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GroveStreams: Basic Data Upload

Click the image to see it in all its glory. Having used the sample GroveStreams Arduino code to simulate a temperature sensor, my next step has been to verify how data can be sent to the GroveStreams chart generator for

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microMedic Contest – We have a winner!

Well, I got a sixth place win in the Parallax microMedic contest with the Heartduino, an Arduino-based heart-rate monitor which displays the HR on a video screen. Below are the pages announcing the microMedic winners for which I submitted my

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Withings new Pulse: Activity, Sleep and HR Tracker

Withings has announced a new activity tracker which, like the FitBit will also track sleep patterns. A new capability is that it also will give what looks like a static heart rate read-out when you press a finger to the

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Lawn mowing as aerobic exercise?

I actually like don’t mind mowing my lawn.  I have a battery-powered push mower called a Neuton, which I push around my 1/4 acre, using one battery for the front lawn, and a second battery for the back lawn plus the

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Parallax microMedic Kit Arrives

We used to do a “Christmas in July” day for our niece and nephew. Well, it looks like Christmas came in May to TFHHC… The Parallax microMedic contest kit has arrived. Among the most interesting components are:  Universal Remote Control4-Directional

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Parallax microMedic Application Development Contest

Parallax, along with with the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center and Carnegie Mellon, are sponsoring the microMedic  contest for the use of vital-sign sensors for medical applications. Parallax has assembled a sensor and component kit targeted to

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Parallax / Polar Heart Rate Sensor

Parallax has added a Polar heart-rate sensor with chest strap to its line of sensors, as well as a receiver. Both are around $30.00 each. Found in the super wonderful Nuts and Volts magazine.

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