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New Tech Measures Your Pulse and Breath Without Ever Touching Your Body

All the quality vital readings, without any contact.

Wearable technology that measures vital signs is a dime a dozen. Apps, gadgets, devices, software…most platforms out there have some sort of health or fitness feature. We’ve heard of it, we’ve seen it, we’ve probably even worn it—but new technology from Dutch company Royal Philips takes it one step higher: contactless monitoring via camera.

In a new study published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, Philips demonstrated cameras that run on proprietary Philips software that can show your pulse and breathing rate without anything touching your body.

The camera and the software can detect changes in your skin color—imperceptible to the human eye—to get a pulse reading. It can also calculate your breathing rate from subtle changes in body movement.

“Contactless monitoring solutions will offer clinicians with a way to accurately measure vital signs for patients in a non-obtrusive way, and provide them with the data needed to know when to intervene,” said Carla Kriwet, CEO of Philips Patient Care & Monitoring Solutions, in a press release.

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