Fujitsu revealed a technology that can check a user’s pulse with the aid of the camera on the smartphone or tablet. The new technology is available to users via an app on the devices. The new technology reads the brightness of a users face, which changes depending on blood flow. The technology measures the amount of haemoglobin in a person’s face.
According to Fujitsu, the technology can also be used to detect people, who are behaving dishonestly or suspiciously. Fujitsu claims that the app will give an accurate pulse reading when the camera is pointed at a face for five seconds. Fujitsu will present their new software at the General Conference of the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers, which begins in Japan tomorrow.
Talking about the functioning of the technology, a statement from the company read, “One characteristic of hemoglobin in blood is that it absorbs green light. Based on this fact, Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a technology that detects a person’s pulse by measuring changes in the brightness of the person’s face as blood flows through it.”
Discussing the applications of the technology the firm stated that it could be used to monitor the health condition of people at concerts and other crowded places. At airports, the authorities can look out for suspicious elements with the help of this technology. Cardiio, a similar technology also reads pulse looking at the user’s face.
Cardiio is the result of research from MIT Media Lab and has known to be accurate. Fujitsu plans to make the technology commercially available before April 2014. What do you think of this new technology?