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Drones capable of reading human heart rate developed

IANS  |  Sydney 

Australian researchers have developed a capable of measuring a person's and rate from 60 metres away, an advance that may help during humanitarian crises.

The researchers led by from the University of (UniSA), showed that the was able to measure a subject's beat by using a camera to sense the top a person's pulsing by approximately one millimeter with each beat, reports

"Basically in a disaster, unfortunately you have to prioritise who's living, who's dead and perhaps who's dying, and this might allow a to map a scene and establish the general condition of people," Chahl told the (ABC).

"The same software could do facial recognition, measure their rate after climbing up some stairs in the subway, and you could do that for 100,000 people a day," Chahl said.

The drones were created in conjunction with the (ADF) to be deployed during humanitarian crises.

However, Chahl said that the device could also be used for bad things like spying or weaponisation.

"If we can start doing these things, so can somebody who has a bad agenda," Chahl said.

"Somebody could take their data and do something with it, you could try to sell them something, you could deny them insurance, you could tell their employer."



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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 14:32 IST