Panasonic developing a new camera tech that can measure your heart rate

Panasonic developing a new camera tech that can measure your heart rate
In the near future, there won't be a need for dedicated heart rate measuring hardware on your phone. Panasonic has announced that its developing a camera tech that can read your pulse just by looking at you. 

The news broke out at Panasonic's own “Wonder Japan Solutions” show held in Tokyo. This new technology goes by the name of Contactless Vital Sensing, and Panasonic claims that it can make its software work on almost type of camera, even on webcams.

How does it work? Basically, Contactless Vital Sensing monitors how light reflects off your skin. Blood absorbs light, so your skin becomes less reflective as more blood circulates through it. Panasonic did a live demonstration of tech on a person's face, but the software can use “any area where skin can be seen”.

The company boasts that this technology is as accurate as professional medical devices and further development will continue. The applications of this new approach go well beyond the world of mobile and medicine, as one could easily use this for lie detection, stress measurement, preventing road accidents caused by fatigue and more (imagine going to a poker game with a pair of smartglasses). Panasonic will aim to introduce Contactless Vital Sensing to the public in 2018.

source: Nikkei Technology via CNet

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10 Comments

1. peace247 unregistered

Eveyone except Apple is innovating right now.

4. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

Yeah they didn't come up with 3D Touch and a technology that mimics optical zoom. 3D Touch is a bit gimmicky but optical zoom is definitely not.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they didn't invent pressure sensitive screen or tech behind it, they just make software that work with it... optical zoom? it isnt even "optical zoom".. if it's just 2 separate camera with different vocal length and FoV, G5 done that first

6. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

Can you please tell me which company came up with a device that has pressure sensitive screen before Apple? Oh and please learn how to read. I said a technology that "mimics" optical zoom; and the G5 does not have optical zoom the secondary lens is a fisheye lens which is not even close to being optical zoom

8. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

Huawei Mate S released September 15, 2015 ten days sooner than then the 6s's.

9. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

You forgot about the Apple Watch? I said "device" not "phone"

10. audibot

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

except no one cares about hr anymore unless its on your body reading while you workout to get better cal burn

2. Reybanz88

Posts: 93; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Umm this isn't new, the Microsoft Kinect 2 can do the exact same thing already. Using

3. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

LOl there are hundreds of app on play store and app store which can do the same.

7. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I don't care what my heart rate is. If it's fast I feel it, if it's normal I don't.

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