Faros

Faros device series is an innovative tool for monitoring ECG, HRV (Heart Rate Variability), stress, recovery and general well-being.

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Faros

Faros devices are innovative tools for monitoring ECG, HRV (Heart Rate Variability), stress, recovery and general well-being. Lightweight (13 grams), smoothly designed (48 x 29 x 12 mm) and easy to use Faros is ideal for instant measurements and also for long-term follow-up.

Open data formats support the versatile usage of the Faros sensors with variety of third party software (e.g. Kubios HRV, MatLab). In addition, the sensors can be integrated to existing systems utilizing the Faros Bluetooth Communication API.

Because of the lightweight design the device can be worn comfortably during everyday life, and even during sleep. Multiple patented mounting options offer the possibility to find the best and most suitable solution for each individual.

Faros devices are medical CE and FDA 510(k) cleared class IIa medical devices.

Faros provides ideal tools for:

  • Cardiology
  • Occupational health
  • Stress management
  • Sport sciences
  • Research
  • Lifestyle coaching
  • Clinical and hospital use
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychotherapy



 

 

 

Faros 90°

Perfect tool for easy ECG recording

  
  • ECG sampling up to 250Hz (adjustable)
  • HRV: 1000Hz sampling
  • Activity tracking (3D acceleration, sampling up to 100Hz, adjustable)
  • ADC Precision: 14 bit
  • Memory capacity: 10-15 days recording
  • Recharging time: ca. 1 hour
  • micro-USB download
  • Data formats: ASCII, EDF (European Data Format)

Most popular fields of use for Faros 90° include occupational health, cardiology, research, physiotherapy, lifestyle coaching and professional sports.

Faros 180°

Advanced system for offline and online ECG

  
  • ECG sampling up to 1000Hz (adjustable)
  • HRV: 1000Hz sampling
  • Activity tracking (3D acceleration, sampling up to 100Hz, adjustable)
  • ADC Precision: 14 bit
  • Bluetooth (API available), range up 100 meters
  • Memory capacity: 20-30 days recording
  • Recharging time: ca. 1 hour
  • micro-USB download
  • Data formats: ASCII, EDF (European Data Format)

Most popular fields of use for Faros 180° include occupational health, cardiology, research, physiotherapy, lifestyle coaching, professional sports, psychotherapy and stress management.

Faros 360°

3-channel ECG for the most demanding cardiac monitoring

  
  • 3-channel ECG: sampling up to 1000Hz (adjustable)
  • HRV: 1000Hz sampling
  • Activity tracking (3D acceleration, sampling up to 100Hz, adjustable)
  • ADC Precision: 24 bit
  • Bluetooth (API available), range up 100 meters
  • Environmental temperature
  • Breathing (measured with accelerometer)
  • Memory capacity: 20-30 days recording
  • Recharging time: ca. 1 hour
  • micro-USB download
  • Data formats: ASCII, EDF (European Data Format)

Most popular fields of use for Faros 360° include clinical and hospital applications, cardiology, research and occupational health.

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What is ECG (Electrocardiogram)

An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) means recording of electrical activity of the heart. Small electrical impulses are created in the heart by so called pacemaker cells. These impulses spread through the heart muscle and make it contract. ECG records these signals as they travel through the heart. To the trained specialists, ECG provides large amount of information about the structure and the function of the heart.

In most cases ECG is measured from the skin surface with ECG electrodes. These electrodes detect very small electrical changes on the skin that comes from the heart as it contracts.

ECG is widely used to detect various abnormalities in heart rhythm, size of the heart chambers or possible damage to the heart muscle or its nervous system.

About HRV

What are Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), and why they are so important for us?

Key to the whole discussion of fostering and maintaining good health is the interaction of mind and body. Especially the interaction between the mind and the all-important physical organ, the heart. As you probably know, your body reacts to nearly everything happening around you through your emotions, observations, thoughts and activity. Your brain guides the body by regulating heart and other organs through the autonomic nervous system (ANS). There are two different branches in the autonomic nervous system, Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSNS), which work contrarily. The sympathetic nervous system can be described as the gas pedal of the human body, and contrarily, the parasympathetic nervous system is the break that is activated during relaxation and regeneration. A properly functioning PSNS is essential for your health as a strong PSNS facilitates regeneration and has anti-inflammatory effects.

 

Figure 1: Autonomic nervous system divisions (from: http://www.savingstudentsmoney.org/OLI/AnPpost.html)

You probably are wondering how it is then possible to measure the functioning of PSNS and keep track of your own health and well-being? To fully understand this, it is also important to understand the term and concept of Heart Rate Variability. Many times we tend to assume that the interval between two heartbeats is the same, regardless of how fast or slow the heart is beating. However, a fact is that the time interval between heartbeats is all but regular, but that does not mean we are suffering from arrhythmia or other heart problems. The physiological variation of heart rate, controlled by autonomic nervous system, is called Heart Rate Variability (also commonly known as HRV). As a matter of fact this irregularity of cardiac activity, in other words Heart Rate Variability, is normal and very healthy. The more you have variation in your heartbeats, the stronger your inner brake (the parasympathetic nervous system) is.

 

Figure 2: Heart rate variability.

Measuring heart rate variation reveals wide range of information about your body and health even while other physiological parameters, like blood pressure, are still in their normal or accepted ranges. HRV has been scientifically proved to be one of the best measures to test the ANS function. One of the most sensitive and efficient tests to do this is the one minute deep breathing test, where a person is breathing in and out deeply. When your PSNS (inner brake) is working normally, the heart rate should vary during the test in the following way: increasing heart rate during inhale and decreasing heart rate during exhale. The faster your heart rate drops during exhale, the better your inner brake is working, which of course increases your ability to manage your stress, and your immunity.

 

Figure 3: Heart rate curve of a healthy, athletic person (winner of multiple Olympic medals). The heart´s acceleration during inhalation and deceleration during exhalation are clearly visible, indicating a very good respiratory arrhythmia and thus an efficient parasympathetic nervous system.

 

Figure 4: Heart rate curve of a person with chronically high stress levels. Despite breathing deeply, there is no respiratory arrhythmia, reflecting the weakened influence of the parasympathetic nervous system on the heart.

The great fact is that despite your starting condition it is possible to improve the functioning of your ANS through different kinds of training methods, like sports or relaxation training (biofeedback training), which again increases your performance and overall well-being in the long-run. Of course in some cases lifestyle changes are needed since things like sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and drinking too much alcohol will considerably weaken your PSNS. Developing a strong PSNS is also directly linked to social and emotional development: positive feelings, the ability to express emotions, healthy humor and smiling, and the ability to form and maintain healthy relationships are immensely important for the strengthening of the PSNS.

New Faros Firmware (v. 3.3.4) for rev G hardware devices available!

We have just released a new firmware for our Faros rev G hardware devices. From 8th of May onwards all our Faros devices will be delivered with the new firmware version (v. 3.3.4).

This firmware version and its algorithms are medical CE approved.
For US customers only:
the Faros firmware v. 3.3.4 is available only for research purposes.

From the link below you can download the update package that includes the new firmware files.

Download package from HERE!

New Faros Firmware (v. 3.3.3) for rev G hardware devices and new Faros Manager (v 2.2.0) available!

We have just released a new firmware for our Faros rev G hardware devices. From 12th of April onwards all our Faros devices will be delivered with the new firmware version (v. 3.3.3).

The new firmware includes:

  1. In-built arrhythmia detection algorithms for Atrial Fibrillation, Tachycardia, Bradycardia and Pause
  2. ECG viewing possibility before long-term holtering (signal quality check) with our LiveECG android app
  3. Streaming of ECG over Bluetooth and recording data to device memory at the same time


This firmware version and its algorithms are medical CE approved.
For US customers only: the Faros firmware v. 3.3.3 is available only for research purposes.

Together with the new firmware we will also release a new Faros Manager that will include:

  1. Enhanced & improved firmware update features
  2. Tool for copying measurement files to computer from Faros device
  3. Tool for converting EDF files that include R-R data to SDF/ASC files


Download package from HERE!

The package includes: New firmware (v. 3.3.3), new Faros Manager software (v. 2.2.0) and new Faros user manual.

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