I commented last week on the backward step that’s been taken by Nokia who have for the first time in 6 years omitted the front facing camera from their latest flagship smartphone. I’ve also commented before on the greater potential I think there is for forward facing cameras than backward facing cameras on the larger tablet devices (eg. to enable FaceLocking security mechanisms, self recording of video clips, etc).
Don’t hesitate to check out the following video of the new $0.99c Vital Signs App from Philips for the iPad 2 that uses the forward facing camera to give an indication of Heart and Breathing Rate. I think it’s a great example of the potential that can be accessed by this small inexpensive hardware addition:
How long before a patient can also share this information when browsing a website or during a video call?
For us here at 3G Doctor I could see this opening up several fascinating new opportunities eg. as a tool to help remote video consulting Doctors get a greater appreciation of patient anxieties, as an additional indicator of a patients varying stress levels as they completed our secure online interactive patient history questionnaire, etc.