31 Jan '12, 2pm

New smartphone technology puts a doctor in your pocket

(REUTERS) Smartphones are no longer just phones, they're mini-computers. And a team of Korean scientists is about to take the technology into another realm - disease diagnosis. Professor Park Hyun Gyu says his team's research will enable mobile phones to diagnose a range of diseases from cancer to diabetes. Laboratory experiments have demonstrated that a droplet of blood or saliva on a Smartphone's touchscreen can produce an instant diagnosis. The technology was developed on the basis of the touchscreen's capacity to detect the minute electrical signals generated by a fingertip's touch. That ability is called 'capacitive sensitivity.' Prof Park says biomolecules, like those produced by diseases, transmit similar signals that a touchscreen can recognise.

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