By Janet Fang
Posting in Technology
By enhancing the color of deoxygenated blood under the skin, a pair of O2Amps lets you read other people's emotions and moods. Doctors could read patient health, find veins, and detect trauma.
Can a pair of glasses really help you read other people’s health?
While at Caltech, Mark Changizi, the director of human cognition at 2AI, found that color vision evolved to sense fluctuations in oxygen levels in the hemoglobin just under the skin. “The connection between our color vision and blood physiology,” he says, makes it “possible to build filters that further amplify our perception of the blood and the signals it provides.”
For example, someone might turn bright red from embarrassment. And there are all sorts of more subtle signals that we may only be semi-conscious of, Technology Review explains, but that nonetheless were beneficial to the species that passed color vision on to us.
As the name implies, these glasses amplify oxygen signals, making them visible to others. By enhancing the exact color of deoxygenated blood under the skin, you can easily spot veins and view hidden vasculature. In fact, the veins appear to glow.
So, there might be uses for security, poker, sports, and dating, but here are some medical applications, Changizi writes:
- A vein-finder (oxygenation-isolator) amplifies perception of oxygenation modulations under the skin.
- A trauma-detector (hemoglobin-concentration-isolator) amplifies perception of hemoglobin concentrations under the skin.
- A ‘general clinical enhancer’ (oxygenation-amplifier) amplifies perception of oxygenation.
The company received its first shipment from manufacturers, and they’re moving now to get them in hospitals and among clinical staff for testing.
Image: Changizi Blog
Jun 19, 2012
These glasses are also used to enhance the color vision of colorblind people. So does that mean people with colorblindness are less able to read people emotional states through blood oxygenation cues (embarrassment, arousal, etc.)? That would explain a lot actually.
These glasses pair could be used and should be used by medical doctors to see people's aneurysms and could in theory and/or practice save people's lives but I believe they won't do it because doctor's business will decrease a lot? Who can own these glasses? Every one who could own them could exam their family members and save lives with a little biology and chemistry training. I will buy them.
Stress detector in glasses, Amazing. This could also be used in interrogation as a lie detector. Also can be used in crooked poker games or questioning a wandering spouse. Could be bad in the hands of ordinary citizens.
These may open up the realm of honesty only we have with oneself to personal relationships. I look forward to having another be far more understanding and straight forward because words hardly express our intended feeling and is up to interpretation. I could foresee many scandalous uses in terms of abuse to gain money, power, etc. Armed with the knowledge of this technology's existence nearly all situations should be handled as if it were implemented. I hate to say but those sociopaths who have no empathy will prevail even more dominantly as CEO's, politicians, and manipulators of man. Those who can hide their feeling, (or better) have a lack of expected human emotion will flourish- evil or good. Beside for these select few, this will establish more personal and truthful interaction in almost every aspect of human relationships -business, personal, and just in passing. It will bring back human interaction from todays technological relationship. Face to Face business and knowing that they know that you know is some things I look forward to.