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Step 1: List of Materials

Step 3: Download Code on the Arduino

- (1) Instrumentation amplifier INA128
- (1) Operational amplifier 741
- (1) Arduino Uno
- (1) 16x2 characters Liquid crystal display
- (1) Voltage regulator 7805
- (1) 8 ohms mini speaker
- (1) Brigth LED (I use a 10 mm one)
- (1) Diode 1N3064
- (2) 9V Batteries with connectors
- Breadboard
- Jump wires
Resistors :
- (2) 100 ohms, 1/4W
- (1) 470 ohms, 1/4W
- (1) 1 kiloohms, 1/4W
- (2) 10 kiloohms, 1/4W
- (2) 100 kiloohms, 1/4W
- (1) 1 Megaohms, 1/4W
Capacitors :
- (1) 10 nF
- (1) 47 nF
For the electrodes :
- About one meter of speaker wire
- Antistatic wrist strap
- Medical tape
- Aluminum paper
- (2) metallic paper clips
- Shower gel (a substitute for
electrocardiogram gel)
Optional but recommended:
-Oscilloscope, for the electrocardiography part
of the device

Download the attached file on your computer,

open it with the arduino IDE, plug your
arduino, dowload the sketch and you're ready
to go!
Step 4: Make the Electrodes
Firmly attach the two paper clips on the pair
of denuded speaker wire. Cut pieces of
aluminum paper and clip them in the paper
clips. The result should look like the picture.
You might also want to experiment to find a
better design.
When everything is ready, put some shower
gel on the electrodes and use some medical
tape in order to stick the result on your chest.
Step 5: Place Electrodes and Play!
Put the antistatic wrist around your right leg
and connect it to the circuit ground.
Place the electrodes on your chest and play
with them until you get a signal. It could take
some time, as the electrical connection is
fluctuating. Be patient!
An interesting thing to do is to experiment
with electrode location as you will get a
different signal. Professional
electrocardiographs use 10 electrodes to map
the signal (see the 3rd picture). On the first
picture you can see my average electrode
placement. This configuration works well
because I essentially pick up the ventricular
spike that I use for frequency measurement.

Step 2: Build the Circuit

Here is the schematic of the circuit and a
suggestion of the breadboard implementation.
The two electrodes will be plugged on pin 2
and 3 of the INA128. An additionnal reference
electrode (an antistatic wrist placed on your
right leg) will be plugged in ground. This
configuration allows you to use unshielded
The best signal is just after the low-pass filter
(between the two 100kOmhs resistors). I
suggest that you plug the oscilloscope probe at
this point for demonstration, although you
might want to check other points to see if
everything is working properly.

Another effect that you can see is the noise

caused by movements. The electrodes can pick
up electric signals of your muscles. If you want
a clean signal, stay still!
Here is the video I've made (in French, sorry!)
for my YouTube channel! Enjoy!