menu

X-Ray Mirror Shows What You Look Like On The Inside [Video]

X-Ray Mirror Shows What You Look Like On The Inside [Video]
technology

See your organs, bones, and muscles move in real time.

Tiffany Nesbit
  • 17 april 2014

As infants, humans are able to recognize themselves in mirrors from around the age of 18 months. With that recognition, we become interested in our physical bodies, beginning to use mirrors as a way to groom ourselves and perceive any changes. Over time X-Rays, MRIs and CAT scans have been developed so that we can get an idea of what’s going on inside of our bodies; but it wasn’t until now, with the invention of the ‘digital mirror,’ that we have been allowed a more complete view of our insides.

When standing in from of the digital mirror, people can see their bones, organs, and muscles in real time. This is achieved by a complex process in which a person must undergo an X-Ray, MRI, and PET scan to capture images of his internal body. Then a Microsoft Kinect motion-capturing camera captures the movements of your joints. All these images can then be compiled and animated with the help of graphical processing units. Though the collection of all these images takes about three hours, once they have been secured, the person can see their inner bodies in real time.

walking-x-ray.jpg

A team led by Xavier Maître, a medical imaging researcher at the University of Paris-South, created the Digital Mirror to explore how people relate to their bodies. In an experiment, creators left 30 people alone with the digital mirror for several minutes to observe people’s reactions. Because these participants had not undergone the necessary scans, the mirrors showed pre-recorded movements by persons of the same gender. Maître and team discovered that the people were both surprised and curious to discover what their insides looked like.

Maître believes that in the future, doctors and other medical professionals might be able to use these mirrors to help patients explore parts of their bodies that are giving them problems, or to visualize what will happen during an operation. Similar thinking has sparked designs of a comparable nature to begin the developing process in Germany, Chicago, and Washington DC.

According to New Scientist, in the future Maître plans to make these digital mirrors even more lifelike by programming the heart to beat and lungs to move. He said, ‘Normally, the physician might show you an image of a CT or MRI of your body, but it is not in relation to your actual body. It might as well be someone else’s CT. If you’re able to actually relate it to some parts of your body, it may give you a little more information about where the problem is.’

[h/t] New Scientist

technology
Trending

Japanese Face Wash Creates A Perfect Rose Every Time

Arts & Culture
Mobile august 26, 2016

Get A Better Idea Of How You Are Wasting Your Time

The TouchTime app is trying to revolutionize personal task management by providing detailed insight on how to be more efficient

Culture august 26, 2016

London Telephone Box Repurposed As A Tiny Mobile Repair Shop

Tools and supplies to replace broken screens or damage are neatly stowed away in these micro-workrooms

Trending

Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Retail: Technology Primer

See All
Design august 26, 2016

Conceptual Sportswear Created Out Of Futuristic Condom Material

A Dutch fashion designer is experimenting with new methods and fabrics to make high performance clothing

Fashion august 26, 2016

Fashionable Tassel Will Ensure You Never Lose Your Valuables Again

The device is fashion meets connected tech, that will help you keep track of your belongings at all times

PURPLELIST EXPERTS

Steve Dennis

Marketing Consultant

Syndicated august 26, 2016

Would You Wear Wool Shoes To Save The Environment?

As demand for wool shoes grows, a number of US footwear brands are heading directly to the source: the sheep pastures of New Zealand

Sustainability august 26, 2016

Self-Healing Material Is Fashioned Out Of Squid Teeth

Penn State researchers have devised a new textile that uses organic proteins

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Search Engine Turns Your Own Drawings Into Photos

This image-matching software accepts hand-made sketches instead of keywords

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed august 23, 2016

Modern Workplace Culture: No More Fat Cats Or Kissing Ass

Samar Birwadker, CEO & Co-Founder of Good & Co, on designing shared organizational values to optimize employee happiness and success

PSFK Labs august 25, 2016

PSFK’s Workplace Vision: How The Nurturing Of Seeds Will Come To Define The Onboarding Process

Our Future of Work vision is a service that allows companies to assemble and deliver welcome packets that are uniquely focused on the concept of growth

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Illustrator Interprets The Experiences Of Blind Travelers

Artist Alby Letoy creates drawings of poignant travel memories for the visually impaired

Advertising august 26, 2016

Clickbait Titles Used For The Good Of Charity

An agency devised an unlikely campaign that uses clickbait as a positive force to drive awareness to nonprofit initiatives

Advertising august 26, 2016

The Best In Eye-Catching Olympics Campaigns

PSFK rounds out the Rio Games with our picks for the best advertising moments off the field

Work august 26, 2016

Editorial Roundtable: The Arrival Of The People-First Workplace

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary and thinkPARALLAX enumerate the reasons why companies need an employee-embracing workforce in order to exist

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Transforming Light Waves Into A New Art Form

An artist uses glass treated with layers of metallic coatings to create a unique installation called lightpaintings

INSIGHTS COVERAGE

Rio Olympics
Innovation Coverage From The Rio Games
READ NOW

Design august 26, 2016

This Windbreaker Lets You Explore The Outdoors While Charging Your Phone

The apparel includes solar panels that allow the wearer to stay connected through the power of renewable energy

Asia august 26, 2016

The Goal Of This Game Is To Not Get Laid Off From Your Job

A hit mobile app has you working really, really hard to not get fired as you climb the corporate ladder

Advertising august 26, 2016

Movie Critic Bot Guides Viewers Through Festival Offerings

The Toronto International Film Festival has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to help attendants curate their schedule

No search results found.