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Integrating Health Technology Into Everyday Devices Ming-Zher Poh, an electrical engineer in the Affective Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab, has developed a two-way mirror using a reflective LCD monitor with a built-in webcam that is able to read a person’s pulse by scanning their image. Because blood absorbs light, every time a person’s heart beats, the blood in their face increases and less light is reflected to the camera. Although the change in brightness is minute, Poh adapted a signal-processing algorithm originally designed to pick out single voices from a room full of conversation to detect the variation. Poh has also co-founded an app called Cardiio that transforms a smartphone into a stethoscope, with a goal of building tools that allow people to experiment with, learn about and better manage their health.

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