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Apple wants to measure blood pressure via selfie videos



Your iPhone can potentially become a blood pressure measuring device and needs nothing more than a selfie video to get it done.

At the moment, getting blood pressure readings on the iPhone requires a gadget, but a groundbreaking concept by Quartz has revealed that it is possible to take blood pressure readings up to 95% accuracy without the need for special equipment.

Researchers at Hangzhou Normal University and Toronto University are working on an app that can detect blood pressure via transdermal optical imaging, a light mechanism that uses the iPhone camera to bounce protein from the skin, including hemoglobin. A machine learning algorithm then reads the blood pressure which is 95% accurate.

The only catch is that this technology only works on certain skin tones. The team says that over 95 percent of those who participated were either European or East Asian. The group also states that the committee was not conscious and that they recruited samples from nearby universities.

There is a lot of work still to be done, but overall we are looking for a world where we can use our smartphones to measure the most important health markers.


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