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Brief Published: 21 Nov 2012



Researchers at the University of Virginia in the US have developed MusicalHeart – a smartphone application that monitors user’s heart rates and recommends music based on their pre-set fitness goals.

MusicalHeart monitors the user’s heart rate through specialised headphone earpieces, which detect and document the user’s changing heart rate and relay the information to their smartphone. The goal of the design is to create a low-cost wellness monitoring system that helps users maximise their workouts and encourages them to set fitness goals.

For more discussion on the use of mobile applications for wellness monitoring, see the Events report from this year’s Body Computing Conference.