To halt the spread of cardiometabolic disease the research project SEMEOTICONS has been given a grant by the European Commission, as a part of the investment ICT-for-Health. SEMEOTICONS (SEMEiotic Oriented Technology for Individual's CardiOmetabolic risk self-assessmeNt and Self-monitoring) is an EU-project within FP7, run from Pisa, Italy.

By developing an intelligent mirror for multi-sensor analysis of the human face, SEMEOTICONS plan to lower healthcare costs. The Wize Mirror will analyse facial expressions, but also takes physiological measurements of the skin of the face, as well as the eyes. Wize Mirror is meant to be a tool for self-assessment of cardiometabolic disease, and to encourage a healthier life style. 

The Department of Biomedical Engineering contributes to the project with physiological skin analysis through  imaging spectroscopy. By using cameras  with specific filters and adjusted light sources, cholesterol, Advanced glycation end-products (AGE-products), the function of the blood vessels in the skin as well as the oxygenation of the blood in real time. The system uses algorithms based on theories of light transportation through tissue. 

The measurements of AGE-products are obtained with UV-lights. The AGE-products increase with cardiometabolic disease. Together, the measurements make up a so called wellness index, that provides information about the health of an individual. 

A glance behind the Wize Mirror produced in SEMEOTICONS

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