Camera Software Monitors Heart Rate By Recording Faces

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Smile, it’s time to check your pulse.

You can now measure your pulse in real-time and shoot a video selfie all at once.

In a statement released Monday, Japanese research center Fujitsu Laboratories has announced the development of a type of camera software that can monitor your heart rate just by pointing a camera at your face.

Within five seconds, the software is said to be able to detect and measure your heart rate by “measuring changes in the brightness of the person’s face as blood flows through it.”

The software’s ability to measure such changes is based on a key component of blood: hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein within red blood cells that carries oxygen and also has the distinct property of absorbing green light. The software measures your pulse by gathering and processing data about the presence of green light in video footage of your face captured by the camera.

Fujitsu’s software was developed with the intent to eliminate the inconveniences of more conventional methods of pulse monitoring: having to wear a monitor, having to sit still for a period of time to use it and having to set it up to begin with.

Fujitsu Laboratories plans to have their pulse-monitoring camera software integrated into mobile devices and PCs for “practical use” by 2013.

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