We present a new integrated device for monitoring heart rate at the wrist using an optical measure. Motion robustness is obtained by using accurate motion reference signals of 3D low noise accelerometers together with dual channel optical sensing. Nonlinear modelling allows to remove the motion contributions in the optical signals and the spatial diversity of the sensors is used to remove reciprocal contributions in the two channels. Finally a statistical estimation, based on physiological properties of the heart, gives a robust estimation of the heart rate. Qualitative and quantitative performance evaluation of the performances on real signals clearly show that the proposed system gives an accurate estimation of the heart rate, even under intense physical activity.
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