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article imageSmartphone app can test urine samples

By Tim Sandle     Feb 28, 2013 in Technology
A new smartphone app that can use the in-built smartphone camera to analyze urine, and then to check for a range of medical conditions, has been launched.
The new app is called uChek. Reportedly, iTech outlines, the app can test for up to 25 different health issues. The main market for the app is with helping to diagnose and treat diseases in the developing world.
The app examined urine samples for the presence of 10 elements, including glucose, proteins and nitrites. The subsequent analysis can then be used to examine for a range of conditions including diabetes, urinary tract infects, cancers, and liver problems (as according to the product information leaflet).
The process is a little more sophisticated than dangling the smartphone in front of a stream of urine. To use the function, according to Wired, users need to collect their urine and dip a standard test strip into it. The strip is then placed onto a special mat (which normalizes the colors on the stick). A photo, using the smartphone, is then taken.
The functionality has been tested by the King Edward Memorial hospital in Mumbai, India.
The new app was shown this week at the TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference in Los Angeles. It was developed by TED fellow Myshkin Ingawale.
The app will be available from Apple's app store from the end of March for $20. This price includes the cost of the mat and five dipsticks, the BBC has reported.
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