Seasoned primary care physicians often have an uncanny ability to notice symptoms by simply looking at their patients. Skin tone, heart rate, and body temperature are some of the signals that clinicians pick up on, and so a consortium of EU researchers has been working on mimicking this ability using a camera, sensors, and other technologies, as well as harnessing the results to provide health guidance to the user.
The team has developed a prototype device called a Wize Mirror, which looks like a mirror that can display images within itself. It’s designed to eventually replace the mirror in your bathroom, helping you keep to keep an eye on yourself day to day and help spot signs of cardio-metabolic diseases. There is a 3D scanning camera that notices changes to the structure of the skin, a camera that detects heart rate and hemoglobin levels, and facial recognition software identifies how stressed or calm you are. There is also a gas analyzer that will tell you if you’ve been drinking or need to think about quitting smoking.
The researchers published an article in journal Biosystems Engineering about the Wize Mirror and plan on initiating trials in Europe to identify the benefits of the device.
Here’s a introductory video to the Wize Mirror project:
Study in journal Biosystems Engineering: A smart mirror to promote a healthy lifestyle…