Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cell Phone Microscope

From MIT's Technology Review, an interesting optical design and LED medical invention from UC Berkeley, a low-cost (prototype was $75) microscope attachment for cell phone cameras. The idea is to allow capturing images of blood cells (60x magnification version) and skin lesions (5x version) and sending the images to someone for diagnosis, especially from remote areas. They plan to test it in Uganda, where blood cell images can be used to determine malaria parasite levels.

Who knew that a cell phone camera was useful for more than taking goofy pictures of your friends?

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