Google on Thursday launched an upgraded health app that uses a smartphone’s camera function to measure breathing and heart rate.
Google fit already uses smart phone sensors to calculate how far people have walked or how many calories they have consumed, but the new features of Google pixel will add health data on pulse and breath.
According to shwetak Patel, head of Google Health Technology Group, sensors and software can be used to take beautiful photos through smart phones or automatically adjust streaming video to adapt to the way of handheld devices, so as to sense breathing and heartbeat.
“We’re seeing more and more smart devices with more and more sensors,” shwetak Patel said. “Smart phones are the most common devices, and the same sensors can be used for health and wellness.”
The Google fit app will be modified next month, and the Google pixel smartphone will use camera sensors to detect people’s chest movements as they breathe and calculate their breathing rate.
Putting your fingertips on the lens will allow fit to use the camera to determine someone’s heart rate based on the color of the skin as the blood is pumped, team members explained.
All data processing is completed on the smart phone, and users can choose to save the results safely in the account of Google data center.
The fit application allows users to set activity or health goals and use AI to guide them on how to achieve them.
“It’s really an ongoing event in daily life, and it’s important to be able to give you feedback and measure your overall health,” shwetak Patel said
Google plans to soon add fit to smartphones on other Android systems and eventually implement it in iPhone applications.
Connected accessories such as activity tracking bracelets or pendants have been used to track healthy lifestyles. Apple has made health a selling point of its smart watch, which has a range of functions including ECG and measuring blood oxygen levels.
Google didn’t elaborate on its plans to one day make money from the fit app.