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MIT Invents A Machine That Can Look At Batman's Face And See His Heart Beating

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 11:36 AM

My pal Erik Olsen at The New York Times has just described an extraordinary new way to look at people. You point a camera at someone, record the image and then, using an "amplifier," you can discover things you've never seen before.

Originally designed to look (but not touch) brand new babies, to monitor their breathing, Professor William Freeman's team at MIT realized their "Eulerian Video Magnification" technique can measure small color changes and very slight movements on the surface of a body to measure what's going on inside. You can point this machine at someone trapped in building collapse and figure out if he's still breathing. You can watch a Batman movie and see actor Christian Bale's heart beating!

"Once we amplify these small motions, there's a whole new world you can look at," says Professor Freeman.

That's putting it mildly.

You can find Eric's New York Times article here. Professor Freeman and his team describe their findings here.


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Mar. 07 2013 04:37 AM
A Person

How could you make a Batman reference out of this technology and not at all bring a Star Trek Tricoder into it?!

Mar. 04 2013 10:13 AM
Tyler J

Also, I bet the advertising community would like to be able to identify reactions to their commercials and ads to target you more accurately. Another privacy check box for Facebook: Are you okay with us using your facial reactions (including increased blood flow and heart rate) to our advertisements to tailor product which we think you would like? __ yes __ no

Mar. 01 2013 02:13 PM
Tyler J

I think this has some implications regarding your deception episode. Sounds like it is capable of detecting the micro expressions that can be used to identify potential deception.

Mar. 01 2013 02:08 PM

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