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The hands-free heart monitor

Using low-cost video to measure vital signs.
Photo: Judith M. Daniels/SA+P

A device developed by the Affective Computing Group at the Media Lab has been named one of the 10 best inventions of 2011 by Popular Science magazine; it has also won a prize of $50,000 in a competition sponsored by the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, an organization created by doctors and engineers to develop new tools to meet clinical needs.

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