The 'Medical Mirror' Reads Vital Signs and Encourages DIY Health

 - Jul 28, 2013
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MIT Media Lab's Ming-Zher Poh notes that future digital devices will enable DIY health management. In line with this projection, the electrical engineer developed the 'Medical Mirror,' which monitors and displays the vital signs of the person looking into it.

This astonishing development is achieved by reading the level of light reflected off a person's skin. Since blood absorbs light, the mirror uses a webcam to record the light levels emitted from a person's skin. The levels are minute, but can be easily detected and changed in real-time by an algorithm.

Ming-Zher Poh's studies have determined that providing people with devices like the 'Medical Mirror' gives ordinary people "access and control over their own physiological data," which promotes a greater personal investment in health.