Computer scientist Michael Rubinstein and his team have developed a "motion microscope" that can show video footage of barely perceivable movements, like breaths and heartbeats.

Why you should listen

Michael Rubinstein zooms in on what we can't see and mangnifies it by thirty or a hundred times. His "motion microscope," developed at MIT with Microsoft and Quanta Research, picks up on subtle motion and color changes in videos and blows them up for the naked eye to see. The result: fun, cool, creepy videos.

Rubinstein is a research scientist at a new Cambridge-based Google lab for computer vision research. He has a PhD in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT.

Michael Rubinstein’s TED talk