Fujitsu Software Checks Pulse Through Cameras

March 19, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

There are lots of gadgets and applications that allow you to monitor your health at home. A new one is on the block and it uses your smartphone camera, which makes it easier to capture medically-relevant information.

The technology will monitor the users’ pulse based on a video of their face. Already, some of the smartphones in today’s markets have some apps that help in medical applications, like monitoring heart rate, nutritional intake etc.

Fujitsu’s new technology makes it relatively easier for users to monitor their pulse. The company says that their technology can accurately take the pulse of a person just by looking at the face for a few seconds.

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They demonstrated their claims with a Logitech C920 1080p webcam, in a well-lit room. What the software does is to measure the subtle color changes that occur in your skin as the blood flows through the veins in your face.

Fujitsu says that their software would be available in a variety of cameras, including smartphone cameras and medical equipment, within a year. Being able to measure your pulse on the go, in the way Fujitsu demonstrated, is a great idea and helpful in many ways.

For instance, it can be used to record the pulse while exercising or in a situation where a person is hurt. According to Fujitsu, this technology can also be used in airports and other places to monitor signs of aggression or illness among passengers.

The company hasn’t yet revealed any details on how they are planning to expand their software.

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