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Watookal (October 07, 2010, 12:38:14 PM):
Here's a scary development for webcams, a MIT grad student has figured out how to determine if your heart is healthy just by looking at you via a webcam. The system uses an open-source face-tracking program and will study someone's face, measuring the slight variations in brightness produced by the flow of blood through blood vessels in the face. So once the developer was able to determine how to account for variations in lighting and image quality, he was easily able to measure a pulse, and it worked well enough that it matched up with the results of FDA-approved devices. The hardware used is simple and cheap enough that it could be installed almost anywhere from a mirror in your home, or even using your own cell phone camera. The system could be improved in the future to even double up as a lie detector, figuring out if you're nervous about stealing the cookies from the cookie jar every night. Link: http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2010/10/mit_grad_student_comes_up_with_webcam_system_that_can_see_if_your_heart_is_healthy.html
Faerie (October 07, 2010, 12:51:12 PM):
BUT....

will it tell me whether I'm still the fairest of them all????

;)
GCG (October 07, 2010, 14:07:57 PM):
that's quite nuts. and makes me feel very much more watched by big brother. what will they be able to tell from this kind of technology in the future? if you take drugs, if you are evading the tax-man, if you have committed crime....
it's just waaaay to invasive. but im sure that if you make use of the idea of free will, then you expose yourself to it. im just worried about them scanning you when you are having a skype chat with your honney when you least expect it.
bluegray (October 07, 2010, 16:00:05 PM):
Sounds a bit over hyped to me. Sure, if it can accurately measure your pulse rate, that can be useful, but saying it can be used as a lie detector or anything of that sort is a bit far fetched. You can't tell that much just from your pulse rate... or can you? >:D
GCG (October 07, 2010, 16:35:37 PM):
doesnt lie detector machines test you pulse-rate?

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