Humans As API

HumanAPI expands our understanding of 'API' by illustrating how everything can be considered a source of useful information for sensors to capture.

Kyle Studstill
Kyle Studstill on January 27, 2010.

Combining a fitness heart rate monitor, an Arduino board, and a specialized mobile application, developer Nikolai Onken has built a prototype for what he calls the HumanAPI. The prototype collects heart rate data, transmitting it via bluetooth to the application where it is plotted in real time. The project is similar to other emerging systems which capture and monitor biometric information effortlessly; helping expand our understanding of ‘API’ by illustrating how everything can and should be considered a source of useful information.

Watch a video explanation below:
HumanApi, Sports ECG in real life from uxebu on Vimeo.

[via TUAW]

TOPICS: Electronics & Gadgets, Sports & Fitness, Web & Technology
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Kyle Studstill is a regular contributor to Kyle works as a consultant working at the New York office of PSFK. His background is in analysis, from the analysis of cultural and technological change, to analysis of consumer and human insight, to military intelligence analysis with the US Intelligence and Security Command. Kyle loves the future, much like O'Brien from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.