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Sony eyes way to tag photos with your vital signs

A new patent application describes a way to associate your vital bodily statistics with your photos.

Lance Whitney Contributing Writer
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Sensors aboard a mobile device could record your vital signs when you take a photo.
Sensors aboard a mobile device could record your vital signs when you take a photo. Sony/USPTO

Looking for a way to tag the photos you snap with your blood pressure and body temperature? Sony has a patent filing in the works that could do just that.

Published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a patent application called "Camera button with integrated sensors" describes the technology.

A sensor in the mobile device's camera would record stats of the photo shooter, such as body temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, blood oxygen level, and skin conductance. That information would be recorded into memory and tagged to a specific photo, just as the date, time, and other details are recorded as metadata for digital photos today.

Why would someone want to take a selfie and tag it with vital signs?

The technology could be useful in doctor's offices and hospitals. As part of your exam, you would snap your own photo. Your doctor or hospital could eventually have photos of all patients with their latest stats. The technology could also save time by recording your vital signs in one shot without the need to hook you up to separate lab equipment. And that's what the patent application actually envisions:

Usually when measuring vital signs, sensors, connected by wires to bulky measuring equipment, have to be placed or used on the person's body. According to the present invention one way of measuring the vital signs of a user without the need of bulky equipment is to integrate sensors capable of monitoring and recording the user's vital signs into the mobile phone. The user's vital signs may then be monitored and recorded when he or she is operating the mobile phone and recording images.

(Via Engadget)