What can you do with your cell phone? Ummâ¦ apart from its basic function you can just text, email, surf the web, pay for merchandise, take pictures and watch movies. Thatâs not all; you can test your blood and detect diseases like HIV and malaria as well. Stunned! Dr. Aydogan Ozcan at UCLA has developed a technique that converts a cell phone into disease detection equipment by attaching LEDs, plastic light filter and some wires to a Sony Ericsson w810i camera phone.
Currently, Ozcanâs software for analyzing the images must be run on a desktop computer, but his plans include loading the software into a hand-held device that could provide both imaging and analysis on the spot. This will not only improve turn-around time for diagnoses at the doctorâs office, but could revolutionize diagnostic medicine in third-world countries where labs are as scarce as the money to equip them.