Netduino Plus PulseRate Monitor V1

In the final couple of code club sessions we built a pulse rate monitor to illustrate a practical application for the NetMF InterruptPort, and communication between threads using Interlocked (Increment & exchange). The V1 application displays the approximate pulse rate in Beats Per Minute (BPM) using Debug.Print.

The SeeedStudio Grove Ear clip heart rate sensor strobes a digital input for each heart beat it detects and this is used to trigger an interrupt handler. In the interrupt handler we incremented a counter using Interlocked.Increment.

A timer fires every 15 seconds which takes a copy of the current count, resets it to zero using Interlocked.Exchange. This code then multiplies the count by the number of times the timer fires per minute to convert it to BPM for display.

We discussed different approaches for determining the pulse rate and for V1 a 15 second timer seemed to be a reasonable trade off between accuracy and reading update latency.

Netduino Plus rate monitor

Pulserate monitor

public class Program
   const int mSecPerMinute = 60000;
   const int displayUpdateRatemSec = 15000;
   private static InterruptPort heartBeatSensor = new InterruptPort(Pins.GPIO_PIN_D1, false, Port.ResistorMode.Disabled, Port.InterruptMode.InterruptEdgeHigh);
   private static OutputPort heartBeatDisplayLed = new OutputPort(Pins.GPIO_PIN_D6, false);
   private static int heartBeatCount = 0;</code>

   public static void Main()
      heartBeatSensor.OnInterrupt += pulse_OnInterrupt;
      Timer pulseRateDisplayTimer = new Timer(PulseRateDisplayTimerCallback, null, displayUpdateRatemSec, displayUpdateRatemSec);

   static void pulse_OnInterrupt(uint data1, uint data2, DateTime time)
      Interlocked.Increment(ref heartBeatCount);

   static void PulseRateDisplayTimerCallback(object state)
      int displayPulseCount ;</code>

      displayPulseCount = Interlocked.Exchange(ref heartBeatCount, 0 );
      displayPulseCount = displayPulseCount * (mSecPerMinute / displayUpdateRatemSec);
      Debug.Print("Pulse rate " + displayPulseCount + " bpm");

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