A dozen roses and a box of chocolates to show that special someone you care on Valentine’s Day is a bit passé. Rebtel is bringing Cupid’s day into the digital age with its new app, Re:Beat, which records and animates a person’s heartbeat, to then share with loved ones, either near or far.
The free app uses a smartphone’s camera and flash to sense a person’s average heart beat per minute. It detects your pulse by measuring the subtle changes in your finger’s color. If the sensor fails, you can manually tap the rhythm of your heart. It then animates the rhythm into a digital beating heart, with simultaneous vibration and sound.
The app provides five possible messages to include with your heartbeat, such as ‘My heart beats for you’ or ‘I’m Just a Heartbeat Away’ and then allows the user to send the unusual V-Day card via text, Facebook or Twitter.
Rebtel is the world’s largest mobile VoIP, after Skype. Anna-Ålenius Mathson, the company’s head of PR & communication, says of Re:Beat:
Millions of people use Rebtel to stay in touch and for Valentine’s Day this year, we wanted to do something a bit different that was still related to our mission of providing free and low-cost voice and messaging services to our growing global user base. We think that sending your heartbeat to someone dear to you is a perfect way to express the depth of your love, especially if you’re not able to see them in person.