UI researchers developing medical sensor for smartphones

UI researchers developing medical sensor for smartphones

Researchers at the University of Illinois are making smartphones even smarter in the medical field.

UI Professor Brian Cunningham and his team of engineers have made a sensor and app for the iPhone that can be used to detect things like bacteria, cells and viruses.

Cunningham said this will help researchers and scientists when they have to travel to remote places. Rather than taking samples back to a lab, things can be tested right then and there.

He added that this will especially benefit places that cannot afford high-tech medical facilities.

Cunningham also said using smartphones for medical testing could help people monitor medical conditions on their own in case they don't have reliable access to a doctor or a hospital or don't want to visit one everyday.

He added that it will probably be close to two years before the sensor is perfected and put fully into practice.

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