Biosensor cradle turns an iPhone into a medical tricorder

Kevin Lee
29 May, 2013
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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a shiny new accessory for your iPhone that turns it into a mobile biosensor – or what’s better known to sci-fi geeks and trekkies as a medical tricorder.

The researchers say their powerful biosensor is useful for toxins and pathogen testing as well as diagnosing other medical issues. The device consists of a cradle that contains an assortment of lenses and filters that line up with the camera.

Although the cradle only costs US$200, the researchers say the device will come equipped with a photonic crystal slide that’s as accurate as US$50,000 laboratory spectrometers used to decipher the molecules in a given sample.

Ultimately, the research team hopes that a device like this will allow doctors to take medical testing outside of the lab and bring it to an inexpensive but accurate handheld device.

by Kevin Lee, Macworld

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