Pulse is a ring that keeps track of your heart rate.

Its tool is a beautiful glowing LED.

And yes, it’s in concept/prototype form at the moment.

The ring syncs with an iPhone app.

It displays when you’re below (blue), right at your above (red) your target heart rate.

And apparently, it’ll come in black.

Co.Design

Pulse: A Ring And iPhone App To Keep Track Of Your Heart

Who says medical devices need to look like medical devices?

The Nike+ Fuelband is a revolution. For whatever its faults, it’s a big step forward in a necessary idea: Health and wellness equipment can be a fashion statement. A pedometer is embarrassing beeper-era tech, but my Fuelband draws a small crowd.

Pulse, by Electricfoxy (which is itself backed by Artefact designer Jennifer Darmour), is a concept that takes over where the Fuelband left off. It’s a ring that measures your (you guessed it) pulse. It glows in one of three colors to say if you’re in, above or below your target heart rate, and it vibrates as a warning when you’re working too hard. An accompanying iPhone app can display a secondary level of workout detail, too, but aside from all this handiness, Pulse is just a good-looking accessory. Take away the fitness functions, and you still have a unique ring that deploys an LED where most would gemstones.

“Tracking and using your body data doesn’t have to be clinical, it can be beautiful and part of your lifestyle,” Darmour tells Co.Design. “I wear the ring while working out and while at work.”

That might have sounded like a sales pitch, but it’s an argument right in tune with Darmour’s core philosophies about creating wearable tech: Make it discreet, cut the geek factor and let secondary software take over the core interface leaves off. Of course, that’s easier said than done. A gadget that has to work really well while looking really good is a sort of double challenge. Today, Pulse is still in experimental prototype form. This rougher version resembles a medical device more than any fashion-forward ring, but it’s ironing out the engineering kinks for the developmental prototype (and eventual final product) to come.

And that day can’t come soon enough. Because diamonds are expensive, and what better way* to show a loved one that you can be entrusted with their heart than giving them something that literally keeps track of their heart?

*The better way is probably still the diamond, unfortunately.

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  • Kevin N. Andersen

    The problem with a product like this is that it's not very well thought out. To me it seems it wasn't properly tested at all, and that this looks better on a website than it does in real life. It's technology push.

    "It glows in one of three colors to say if you’re in, above or below your target heart rate, and it vibrates as a warning when you’re working too hard."
    ... and there we go. The first idea that anyone would have for such a product. Problem is, it's not very well thought out. Why would you want to expose your heartrate? say you're at a job interview, a presentation, a boring meeting, would you want to show it?

    The counterargument could be, why dont you just take off your ring then?because then people could be suspicious as to why you're not wearing the ring - trying to hide something?

    Also, vibrate when you're working too hard? hopefully you know when your heartrate is at a critical state, otherwise I'd say you have bigger problems.

  • Films N' Stuff

    I am more interested on how this ring could change the medical field - for patients who have had strokes; or other related illnesses - monitoring often means wearing a heartbeat pack (About 2lbs and looks like a small walkie talkie) and hand recording their daily activities - this product - engineered properly could track heart rate, and offer a simple input monitoring app - meaning easier; and longer term monitoring for those who need it!

    Not a sports guy - but this is really cool!