New Video Technology Shows What's Invisible to Naked Eye

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Scientist discover invisible baby motion through video.

A new video processing system can reveal motions or changes in color that are invisible to the naked eye.

The process, called Eulerian Video Magnification, can detect and amplify subtle changes in movement and color, for instance in babies.

The video magnification selects pixels that have minute changes and magnifies them up to 100 times to exaggerate the changes.

Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory developed the system as a way to monitor the vital signs of fragile premature infants without touching their bodies.

The technology has a variety of other potential uses like being used as a noninvasive lie detector to measure the pulse rate of a human being, or for long range surveillance to pick up on tiny, far away movements.

It could also be used in manufacturing or other industries to preemptively point out potential mechanical faults in equipment.

The code for the video magnification system has been posted online for anyone to use, and with the help of Quanta Research Cambridge, a laptop manufacturer based in Taiwan, people can simply upload their videos to have them processed by the program.

What do you think? What are some other interesting ways this technology could be used?