Great Heart

Camilla Padgitt-Coles, James Schmitz

A device that sonifies your heartbeat while you follow breathing visualizations which slow your heart rate down.


This is a collaborative project by Jim Schmitz and myself (Camilla Padgitt-Coles) for our Physical Computing final. Our project uses a pulse sensor to detect the user's heartbeat and translate it into a sound which is triggered in P5. The user can also pick one of 7 instruments and 7 notes to represent their heartbeat. An LED also blinks with the heartbeat on the enclosure. The user is able to hear their heart rate and follow visualizations (also triggered in P5) which are designed to guide their breathing in order to slow down their heart rate. There will be two options: A “challenge” mode where once your heart rate has slowed 10% it will stop, and a “meditation” mode where the user can sit with it for a specified or free range duration.


Introduction to Physical Computing