Test Scenario 4: Walking
While the previous scenarios addressed stationary measurement conditions, the test person in this case moves uniformly in one direction at a low speed (about 50 steps per minute).
As shown in Figure 6, the heart rate mixes with the walking pace in the PPG signal and the sum of the various channels shows a very blurry signal. While no defined heart rate can be calculated in the red signal field, the algorithm finds a fit in the infrared one. As a result of the large fluctuations and the low confidence matrix, however, additional motion data from an accelerometer would be tremendously helpful, especially because, up to now, measurements were only made at a low walking speed.
Test Scenario 5: Running and jumping
Instead of measuring uniform movement, Scenario 5 introduces alternating sprinting and jumping intervals. The motion artifacts can now be very clearly identified, whereby the algorithm has great difficulty isolating a correct heart rate as shown in Figure 7. The need for motion sensor support seems to be unavoidable.