Here is the general procedure to follow when using the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor:
Hand-Grip Heart Rate
1. Connect the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor receiver to the interface. 2. Start the data-collection software.
3. The software will identify the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor and load a default
data-collection setup. You are now ready to collect data.
(Order Code HGH-BTA)
The Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor measures a person’s heart rate by registering the
This sensor can be used with an interface and the following data-collection software.
small electrical signals carried across the surface of a person’s skin each time his or
her heart contracts. This signal is measured at the surface of the skin by electrodes
This computer program is used with LabQuest, LabPro, or Go!Link.
embedded in the hand grips of the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor. By graphing this
• Logger Lite
This computer program is used with LabQuest, LabPro, or Go!Link.
signal, the heart rate can be determined. A sample graph is shown below:
• LabQuest App
This program is used when LabQuest is used as a stand-alone
• EasyData App
This calculator application for the TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus can
be used with CBL 2, LabPro, and Vernier EasyLink. We recommend version 2.0
or newer, which can be downloaded from the Vernier web site,
www.vernier.com/easy/easydata.html, and then transferred to the calculator. See
the Vernier web site, www.vernier.com/calc/software/index.html for more
information on the App and Program Transfer Guidebook.
• DataMate program
Use DataMate with LabPro or CBL 2 and TI-73, TI-83,
TI-84, TI-86, TI-89, and Voyage 200 calculators. See the LabPro and CBL 2
Guidebooks for instructions on transferring DataMate to the calculator.
• Data Pro
This program is used with LabPro and a Palm handheld.
rate returns to normal after exercise (recovery rate).
National Instruments LabVIEW™ software is a graphical
• Check for baroreceptor reflex; that is, changes in heart rate for a person when
programming language sold by National Instruments. It is used with SensorDAQ
reclined, sitting, and standing caused by the need for the heart to pump blood to
and can be used with a number of other Vernier interfaces. See
www.vernier.com/labview for more information.
• Check a person’s heart rate before and after caffeine consumption.
This product is to be used for educational purposes only. It is not
• Check a person’s heart rate before and after eating.
appropriate for industrial, medical, research, or commercial applications.
• Check your own heart rate at different times of the day.
• Monitor a person’s heart rate as his or her breath is held.
Collecting Data with the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor
This sensor can be used with the following interfaces to collect data:
• Vernier LabQuestTM as a standalone device or with a computer
• Vernier LabPro® with a computer, TI graphing calculator, or Palm® handheld
This sensor is equipped with circuitry that supports auto-ID. When used with
a good idea to gently wipe the electrodes clean using alcohol wipes. Do not
LabQuest, LabPro, Go! Link, SensorDAQ, EasyLink, or CBL 2, the data-collection
immerse the hand grips in solution, simply spray or wipe alcohol onto them.
software identifies the sensor and uses pre-defined parameters to configure an
4. The receiver of the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor will receive signals from other
experiment appropriate to the recognized sensor.
hand grips if they are within range; be sure to maintain a distance of at least 2 meters between other individuals that are monitoring heart rate.
How the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor Works
5. Interference from electrical devices, such as computer monitors, electronic
The Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor consists of a set of hand grips and a plug-in
exercise equipment (treadmills, stationary bicycles, etc.), televisions, TV
receiver. The hand grips are held, one in each hand, by the individual whose heart
antennas, and high voltage lines (both above and below ground) can result in poor
rate is being monitored. The hand grips are marked for the right or left hand and each
readings. Keep the receiver of the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor as far away as
has the necessary markings showing where the individuals’ fingers and palms should
be placed. The left hand grip and the receiver are both marked with an alignment
6. With certain individuals, readings from the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor may
arrow. When collecting data, it is important
that the arrow labels on each of these
take a minute or two to stabilize. In such cases, allow the readings to stabilize
The plug-in receiver connects to any of the interfaces listed above. The transmitter detects each heart beat through the
electrodes on the two hand grips with ECG accuracy and
Vernier warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship
transmits the heart rate information to the plug-in receiver
for a period of five years from the date of shipment to the customer. This warranty
with the help of a low frequency electromagnetic field. The
does not cover damage to the product caused by abuse or improper use.
plug-in receiver wirelessly receives the transmission, and
passes a 3-volt pulse for each heart beat detected to the
Vernier interface. The reception range of the plug-in receiver
In general, you can use the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor as you would any other
sensor connected to your interface. You can plot a pulse for each heart beat and
analyze the time between the peaks to determine the heart rate. Often it is more
convenient to use a program that simply displays the heart rate in beats per minute
on the screen. Our data-collection programs perform this task for all of our interfaces.
Do I Need to Calibrate the Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor? “No.”
The Hand-Grip Heart Rate Monitor does not need to be, nor can it be, calibrated. It
provides very accurate heart rate values.
Using a Chest Belt Transmitter
The Chest Belt Transmitter, which is ordered separately (Order Code CBT), works
in place of the hand grips, allowing a hands-free option of measuring heart rate. The
chest belt is worn on or below the chest and held in place by an elastic strap. Make
sure that the belt fits snugly around the chest and is resting directly against the
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subject's skin. Make sure to re-wet the electrodes each time the belt is positioned.
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1. Make sure that the hand grips and the receiver are in alignment. The arrow
trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States.
symbol on the left hand grip and the receiver should be held in parallel alignment.
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2. Be sure to hold the receiver within 80 cm of the hand grips. This is the maximum
affiliated with, connected to, or sponsored by us.
transmission range of the transmitter in the chest belt.
3. Dirty electrodes on the hand grips can cause poor readings. In between uses, it is
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