Vital Signs

What's new?

What's new

On July 17, 2013, Philips released version 3.0 of the Vital Signs Camera app. Version 3.0 includes the following updates:


  • Ready for the summer: higher contrast colors in user interface for improved readability on sunny days
  • Support for iPhone 5 screen size & retina displays on iPads.
  • Added heart-rate only and breathing-rate only modes to focus on a single measurement.
  • Improved history functionality.

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On February 9, 2012, Philips released version 2.0 of the Vital Signs Camera app with the following improvements:


  • Now also available on iPhone 4S (next to iPad 2).
  • Added dual measurement to measure the heart rate of two people at the same time on one device.
  • Added Valentine mode to measure the heart rate of two people at the same time on one device and show the result within a heart symbol.
  • Added an extended history function with tables and graphs.
  • New 'Add to history button' to store successful measurements.
  • Added history list view of all stored measurements with the option to delete measurements.
  • Added history Timeline view to look at longer-term trends.
  • Added history Week view that shows statistics on your average heart rate and breathing rate for every day of the week, and see how your last measurement differs from the average on that weekday.
  • Added history Day view that shows statistics on your average heart rate and breathing rate for every hour of the day, and see how your measurement differs from the average at that time of the day.
  • Added the option to export measurements using iTunes.
  • Added support for use in portrait mode (90 degree screen rotation).
  • Moved Twitter code to iOS 5.0 built-in API.

Version 1.1, December 20, 2011:

  • Added screen rotation (180 degrees) to enable left handed orientation.
  • Enhanced the overall Facebook integration.
  • Added fast measurement option for experienced users (5-10 seconds faster).
  • Added a link to a customer survey.

Version 1.0.2, December 2, 2011:

  • App now continues the measurement also when in motion.
  • Fixed issue where the iPad 2 of some users reported motion while stationary.

Version 1.0.1, November 17, 2011:

  • Measures your heart rate just from the color for your face.
  • Measures your breathing rate by analyzing the motion of your chest.
  • Unobtrusive: no need to hold or even touch the iPad 2.
  • No additional hardware required, just uses the camera of your iPad 2.
  • Options to share screenshots of your results online.

Disclaimer: The Vital Signs Camera app is not intended for diagnosis or for clinical monitoring or decision making. Measurements and statistics are provided for entertainment purposes only. Low/Average/High statistics are for an adult population. Heart rate statistics are based on information from the American Heart Association, breathing rate statistics are based on information from Textbook of Basic Nursing by Caroline Bunker Rosdahl, Mary T. Kowalski, page 521 and Manual of Nursing, Volume 1 by M.E. Vlok., page 611.

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