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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the frailest one of all?
A newly invented smart mirror equipped with a face-scanning gadget can give you the answer to that question.
The Wize Mirror, developed by researchers in Europe via the National Research Council of Italy, can detect early signs of diseases including diabetes and heart attacks within 60 seconds, reports the Daily Beast. With enabled access to a user’s face, breath and circulation, it can determine changes in the user’s face, monitor circulation, detect signs of anxiety, and examine breath for signs of heart attack-inducing chemicals.
The device was made possible by EU funding and utilizes a combination of 3D scanners, video cameras, breath monitors and image systems to assess the health of its beholder. The Wize Mirror checkup duration is a minute long; afterward, it produces a health score along with personalized advice to promote healthiness and overall well-being. Researchers of the project write:
“Prevention is the most viable approach to reduce the socio-economic burden of chronic and widespread diseases, such as cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
“The Wize Mirror detects and monitors over time semiotic face signs related to cardio-metabolic risk, and encourages users to reduce their risk by improving their lifestyles.”
In a day and age when one in four Americans are affected by risks of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, early detection and monitoring is the key to saving lives. Not only could such technology improve overall population health, it could also save the American health care system billions of dollars each year by reducing wait times for medical appointments.