Google will release a new feature to its health app Google Fit to use the phone’s camera to measure heart and respiratory rate. Google announced this feature will come to its Pixel phone at a health event in early February.
To measure heart and respiratory rate you don’t need to wear a fitness band or any wearable sensor, it’s only used with your phone’s camera to collect the data. And this feature is only coming to pixel devices for now.
To use the heart rate feature you have to hold your finger to your phone’s camera and the fit app will measure your heart rate by analyzing the little changes in color under your skin.
The respiratory rate tracking is a bit more complicated than the heart rate system. You have to put your phone on a stable surface and make sure you have a good angle of your torso and your head for 30 seconds then it’ll tell you your breaths per minute by measuring the small movements your chest makes.
It remains to be seen how precise the trackers are – things like hats, masks, and baggy clothing could affect the results of the respiratory rate tracker’s results.
And google also said, “these measurements aren’t meant for medical diagnosis or to evaluate medical conditions, we hope they can be useful for people using the Google Fit app to track and improve day-to-day wellness.” On their blog.
And if you think these features might be helpful for you and you don’t have a pixel device to use them, you’ll have to wait for the wider rollout. Google promises to bring these features to other android devices as well in the near future.