Whether you're a fitness buff or you just want to keep better tabs on your health, all you need is your iPhone or iPad and one little accessory. The $119 Zensorium Tinke is a compact device that plugs into your iOS device and measures heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen levels and stress levels. Even better, this clever device does all of the above in about a minute. The Tinke app then stores your data, so you can see how you've fared over time. Find out what else we liked about this tool designed for those who like to keep tabs on their wellness and want to do better.
The Tinke is powered by your iPhone, so there's no battery to replace or recharge. Another nice touch is a small slot on the bottom, so you don't lose the end cap when the device is plugged into your iPhone.
Tinke's iOS app is very clean; the home screen shows your health stats at a glance, with navigation buttons at the bottom to start new scans, see your stats over time and message friends.
The home screen also includes factoids, some of which can be a little disgusting. For example, one tells you "the average human body contains enough fats to make 7 bars of soap."
Performance and Vita Score
Our heart rate was about 95 beats per minute (the app says from 60-80 is optimal, but we were slightly under the weather); we then measured our heart rate using the Mio Alpha sports watch, and found the numbers to be the same.
The Tinke showed our pulse oxygen level at 98 percent (it should be from 95 to 100 percent); we also tested this with the Masimo iSp02 Pulse Oximeter, and recorded similar results.
Finally, the Tinke recorded us as taking 16 breaths per minute, which falls in the middle of the 12-20 breaths it says is optimal.
An algorithm then combined all three numbers to come up with our "Vita" score, a number that Zensorium says gives an overall picture of a person's health. Our Vita score of 59 (out of 99), was slightly above average.
The next day, when we were feeling slightly better, we again took our measurements. This time, we took 18 breaths per minute, our heart rate was 77 beats per minute, and our blood oxygen level was 100 percent. As a result, our Vita score rose to 69.
The Tinke app also shows your data over time and how you compare to worldwide statistics. If you're particularly proud of your results, you can share them with other Tinke users, or on Facebook.
The app also awards badges for completing certain tasks, from making a post to taking a measurement in the morning.
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