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Your Web Cam Can See Your Heart Rate, Which Isn't Creepy At All

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Sitting at a desk in front of a computer screen for 12 hours a day on Chatroulette can't be good for you. So while you webcam the hours away you can also keep tabs on your health with this app that can determine your heart rate based on the constant discoloration as blood pumps in and out of your forehead.

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Using similar techniques to MIT's Eulerian Video Magnification, the app is able to see details that are essentially invisible to the naked eye. And in this case, it recognizes and isolates the subject's forehead which gets subtlely more intense in color as oxygenated blood is pumped in. Of course knowing you have a healthy heart rate isn't a guarantee you're in perfect health. So maybe one day the app can go a step further and scan for Dorito powder-covered fingers, or mountains of empty Mountain Dew cans, for a more accurate assessment. [GitHub via Boing Boing]

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I'd like to see a comparison between this, those smartphone apps and proper medical equipment to see how accurate they are?