Pulse Sensor Guide
The Pulse Sensor can be connected to the Cyton or any Arduino board to easily obtain your heart rate using photoplethysmogram (PPG).
The basic principles are the same no matter what board you're connecting the Pulse Sensor to. The Pulse Sensor has three leads, seen below.
RED wire (+) = +3V to +5V
BLACK wire (-) = GND
PURPLE wire (S) = Signal in milli or microvolts
The pulse sensor takes power from the board via the red wire.
The OpenBCI GUI app has a built-in pulse sensor widget. You can download the latest GUI here
Cyton Pulse Sensor
Set up your Cyton according to its Getting Started Guide. You only need the GUI, pulse sensor kit, Cyton, Cyton dongle, and battery pack.
The connections are circled above. Red pulse sensor cable goes to DVDD header on the Cyton, black to GND (right next to DVDD), and purple to D11. This D11 is read as analog pin A5, and sent in the first Aux data slot. The pulse sensor data will be pre-processed in the pulse sensor widget. When you download the OpenBCI GUI, the pulse sensor widget is pre-packaged in it.
The connections are circled above.
|Pulse Sensor Wire Color||Cyton Board Header||Function|
|purple||D11||Analog input (signal)|
Red pulse sensor cable goes to DVDD header on the Cyton, black to GND (right next to DVDD), and purple to D11.
After you have set up your hardware and software using the above steps, Please scroll through the general guide to learn how to secure the pulse sensor to your finger.
When running the GUI, select the pulse sensor widget option from the dropdown menu, then hit 'Analog Read On, then go to another pane of the GUI and select 'Analog Read' from the dropdown menu. The pulse sensor widget will display your pulse data, and the Analog Read widget displays data from analog input A5, A6, and A7. Since you connected the purple wire of the pulse sensor to the D11 header, the data will show up in the A5 channel of the Analog Read Widget.
Running into trouble? Consult these pulse sensor-ganglion Forum posts here and here.
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