Smartphone Application Can Diagnose Malaria
April 26, 2011, 9:23 a.m.
12 April, 2011
A team of graduate students has designed a smartphone application to diagnose malaria, the Seattle Times' "Microsoft Pri0" blog reports. Team LifeLens, including students from the University California, Los Angeles; University of California, Davis; Harvard University; and University of Central Florida, competed in Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2011 national finals, which helps encourage students to create useful software (Chan, 4/11). The application, which aims to help health workers diagnose the disease in remote areas, will "hopefully help in the fight against most diseases out there and make everybody's life a little easier," said Tristan Gibeau, a UCF graduate computer engineering student, Reuters reports. "Gibeau said the software application can take a picture of a blood sample, process the data to detect malaria parasites, quantify how much malaria is in the sample and point the parasites out to the phone user. ... once the data stored in the phone is uploaded, it can be used to spot disease trends, Gibeau said," the news service reports (Liston, 4/8). Another team from University of Houston, "built a strategy game to get food and supplies to a village after a natural disaster," the Seattle Times' "Microsoft Pri0" blog adds (4/11).