For those of you that might now know, the Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It was originally designed to be a low-cost way to allow people to learn how to program computers. There have, however, been a host of other benefits that have now been found for this device. The Arduino is a similar device.
From an article on the cooking hacks website:
“The e-Health Sensor Shield V2.0 allows Arduino and Raspberry Pi users to perform biometric and medical applications where body monitoring is needed by using 10 different sensors: pulse, oxygen in blood (SPO2), airflow (breathing), body temperature, electrocardiogram (ECG), glucometer, galvanic skin response (GSR – sweating), blood pressure (sphygmomanometer), patient position (accelerometer) and muscle/eletromyography sensor (EMG).”