Device posts your heart rate to Twitter. Downtime = you’re dead?

This has to be one of the more bizarre gadgets we’ve seen lately. It’s a Japanese device called the Akiduki Pulse box that automatically posts your heart rate to Twitter.

The question here is what will happen if your Internet connection goes down and you stop updating that heart rate. Will people start wondering if you died…?

That gives a whole new meaning to the word “uptime”, not to mention all the analogies that are used in networks and network monitoring, such as “heartbeats”, “keep-alive”, and “time to live”. 🙂

Found via Crunchgear.


  1. When I first read this I thought to myself “alright, enough is enough” but then I thought of a few practical uses for it. For instance, to keep tabs on patient(s) after a heart attack, etc. when they are resting at home.

    We often think that things have to cost a lot to be valuable, but this shows that a low-cost solution might be just as good as the higher priced, specialized medical devices that do the same thing.


  2. This is an awesome device and very creative. It shows that people (consumers) do not have to settle for what is on the shelve. That they too have the ability to create something tangible with great utility.

    My hat goes off to this inventor.


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