Health assistant and monitor Tinké now available for Android smartphones
Previously available only for iOS devices, Zensorium, has made its health monitor, Tinké, Android-compatible. Tinké (pronounced "tink") is an optical sensory device for smartphones that monitors your fitness and wellness with the touch of a finger. The four values that Tinké measures are heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen levels, and heart rate variability. The gizmo will officially work with your Samsung Galaxy S3 & S4, Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Z1s, and Google Nexus 5.
If you are hearing about this little device for the first time, you must be curious how you are supposed to use it. It really doesn't look like anything else out there. Working with Tinké is simple, though. Pair it with your Android phone, and place your thumb on the sensor to get measurements. Tinké detects changes in skin blood volume. Then, it relies on its signal processing algorithms to transform detected signals into quantitative data. This data gets used to form Vita and Zen indexes. The Vita index is created by piecing together your heart rate, respiratory rate and blood oxygen saturation levels. This index provides an instant interpretation of your fitness. The Zen Index uses heart rate variability as a basis to generate a personalized score that quantifies your level of relaxation.
Interested users should head to Zensorium's web-shop, where Tinké for Android sells for $129. Currently, though, the item is out of stock, and upcoming shipments are dated for March.