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Here comes the tricorder...

And yet another interesting feature for the cell phone. Slowly we're developing the tricorder...

Cell Phone Microscope Poised to Begin Trials in Africa

ScienceDaily (July 3, 2010) — Cell phones are accumulating a Swiss Army Knife-esqe assortment of capabilities; substituting as cameras, providing internet access, and soon operating as medical labs if Aydogan Ozcan's plans come to fruition. This month's cover article of the journal Lab on a Chip features the latest creation by the Ozcan group, a functioning prototype of a cell phone microscope.

The lensless imaging platform behind the cell phone microscope is nearing readiness for real world trials, after receiving prestigious awards in the past month from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Geographic, and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

"Cell phones present a tremendous opportunity in Global healthcare," remarked Ozcan, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and a researcher at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute. "We can leverage the fact that eighty percent of the world's population lives in areas covered by cell phone networks to bridge the gaps left by a lack of health care infrastructure in developing countries."

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ap_aelfwine
Jul. 8th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Fascinating. Thanks for sharing!
ghostwolf
Jul. 9th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
It's getting closer. All we'd need woulod be the other sensors, nanocomputer (on the horizon?) and software.

Imagine how it would change many industries and professions.

Near-instant CSI lab back-up. Hodges would throw a fit. :D
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