Inexpensive hack turns cameraphones into pathogen detectors

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Wired‘s Dave Bullock has a write-up and gallery of a cellphone hacked by UCLA researchers that, using just a simple plastic light filter, can be used to test for HIV, malaria, and other diseases in blood.

Scientists Hack Cellphone to Analyze Blood, Detect Disease, Help Developing Nations [Wired.com] (Thanks, Zuzu!)

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4 Responses to Inexpensive hack turns cameraphones into pathogen detectors

  1. coop says:

    Probably wouldn’t be allowed on the iPhone, because Steve would regard it as “of limited utility to the broad iPhone and iPod touch user community”.

    Or maybe just because the camera in the iPhone is so craptacular.

    coop

  2. Enochrewt says:

    #2 COOP: It wouldn’t be allowed on the iPhone because Jobs would regard it as exposing their customers to undesirable things, as they’ve done with book censoring and boobies recently.

  3. DraigAthar says:

    I dunno … the article mentions something about monitoring HIV infection by counting CD4+ T-cells, and I have no idea how you do that without monoclonal antibodies and flow cytometry. I mean, I don’t want to call it bullshit outright, but come on. An ELISA assay kit for HIV is a pretty common and cheap thing nowadays. I’m sure a cell-phone hack is much more impressive, but not exactly the most efficient solution. And I can’t even begin to imagine how they handle QC on such a process (can you tell I work in a clinical laboratory?)

  4. Takuan says:

    Hey! NOW yer talkin’!

    Next: cellphones as distributed biowar sensors (that actually work)

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