Medical device product development will be utilizing advanced video technology and analysis algorithms to eliminate invasive methods of medical testing and vital sign monitoring.

A clue to this future comes from the world of video gaming. The latest generation of Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensing system incorporates technology that allows it to measure your heartbeat via changes in your skin as blood pulses through it. Could this be an application of the Eulerian video magnification technique developed at MIT?

The Kinect system can sense a range of body dynamics, from skeletal motion to stress on muscles. I believe we will see this type of sensing technology incorporated in many medical devices soon to be developed. No longer having to be tethered to wires and cables, the patient experience will be greatly enhanced.