I first read about Yuri Gitman and Joel Murphy‘s PulseSensor a few months ago in MAKE Magazine and was intrigued by its simplicity. Last month, I decided I was going to get one to track my heart rate during my conditioning class at circus and I planned to have it ready for my first class. Turns out they were all out of stock, and the date for new stock got pushed a couple of times. MakerShed said they could ship within 1-2 days but I wanted to order direct so they’d get a bigger slice of the order (and I wasn’t sure if the 1-2 days was accurate as I figured they didn’t actually stock it).
I received notification this morning that they had new stock, and it’s a new and improved ‘Amped‘ version (with amplification and noise cancellation circuitry to the hardware) (note: the new version is 25% higher in price). I’m very pleased that I placed the order 53 minutes after the initial email, and less than 2 hours later it has been shipped. It’s coming standard USPS (with a shipping cost of 60% of the product price) so hopefully I won’t get dinged with Customs handling and GST (for another 50% of the product price).