Soon, smartphones that can monitor your blood glucose, analyse DNA

By Silky Malhotra | Published on Jul 21 2014
Soon, smartphones that can monitor your blood glucose, analyse DNA
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Researchers develop a new smartphone sensor that can be used to monitor blood sugar, temperature and DNA.

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Researchers have developed a new display sensor for smartphones that can read a user's spit to not check their body temperature and even analyze DNA.

Researchers from Polytechnique Montreal and Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning, have developed new sensors that can be embedded within the smartphone's display, allowing the users to take their temperature, assess blood levels (if diabetic) and work alongside platforms such as Apple's HomeKit to give provide more information about their health.

The scientists have also created their first laser-written light-guiding systems that could pioneer these advancements and shot lasers into glass to create pathways that transmit data in the form of small beams of light, while the waveguides act as a tunnel that channel light.

The researchers added that while waveguides aren't new, the approach created by the team is nearly 10 times better at minimizing loss compared to previous ones made with lasers. These sensors could be embedded in biomedical sensors into tablets and window pc's as well. The team added that the technology could also be used to add security to mobile devices and monitor carbon-monoxide levels in the air as well.

“We’re opening the Pandora’s box at the moment,” said paper co-author Raman Kashyap, a professor of electrical engineering and engineering physics at Polytechnique Montreal, in a statement. Now that the technique is viable, “it’s up to people to invent new uses” for it, he added.

Recently German scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a new sensor that can be attached to your smartphone to measure fine dust particles in the air to draw a pollution map. Users can join a participatory sensing and download the corresponding app to measure pollution levels. The images can be evaluated locally or transmitted to a computer system to combine this data with other measurements and display the dust concentration on the users smartphone.

Source: Mashable

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