08. 12. 2011
Cardiocam mirror keeps a check on your heart
We've come across all kinds of gadgets recently that have been designed to keep a check on our health, like Jawbone's Up Band and Withings' blood pressure monitor for the iPhone. While it's certainly brilliant to see technological advances having a positive impact on health and medicine, I often wonder how many people will actually but these kinds of monitors, apps and tools to good use in the long run.
The Cardiocam measures your heart rate in the morning as you look into your mirror, which means minimal effort from anyone using it. The concept was designed by students at the MIT Media Lab and uses clever little webcams to track changes in skin tone, which occur when the capillaries in your face empty and fill depending on your heart beat. Over time you can then begin to track your heart rate and get a better understanding of how your body is functioning and how you can work to improve it.