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Medical Applications On Mobile Electronics Devices

Dedicated-function medical equipment is often able to devote substantial hardware resources (and associated software-delivered capabilities) to robustly solving various application challenges. Yet, thanks to service provider subsidies coupled with high shipment volumes, low-priced smartphones and tablets still supply formidable silicon capabilities...multi-core GHz-plus CPUs and graphics processors, on-chip DSPs and imaging coprocessors, and multiple GBytes' worth of both volatile DRAM and nonvolatile flash memory. Plus, they integrate front- and rear-viewing cameras capable of capturing high-resolution still images and HD video clips.

Harnessing this hardware potential, a diversity of developers have created numerous compelling mobile electronics-based medical applications, which the Embedded Vision Alliance has assembled into this one-stop reference page, summarizing (and providing links to) more detailed published news writeups. Prepare to be both impressed and inspired by case studies that will encourage further innovation in your next-generation dedicated-function designs! And please regularly revisit this page as the Alliance publishes more medical-on-mobile-electronics news coverage in the future.

Azumio Successfully Takes The Pulse Of Investors And Phone Users Alike

Instant Heart Rate, a pulse rate-monitoring program from Azumio, is available for both Android and iOS devices. It uses your phone's built-in camera to track color changes on the fingertip that are directly linked to your pulse. This is the same conceptual technique that medical pulse oximeters use.

Embedded Vision And Fitness: Assessing The Potential For Health Distress

Philips' Vital Signs Camera employs the front-mounted camera in an Apple iOS-based smartphone or tablet to tackle two tasks: estimating pulse rate by noting periodic facial color changes, and estimating respiration rate by noting the rising and falling of the user's chest. And you can pass along the results to others via the app's built-in support for email, Facebook and Twitter.

Got Skin Cancer? Embedded Vision May Have the Answer

A Romanian company called Skin Scan, one of a series of startups recently funded by IBM, offers an Apple iOS app that analyzes and monitors the progression of potential melanoma spots. The $5 application uses the iPhone’s camera to analyze moles and skin lesions, measuring their diameter and performing fractal geometry on them to map their growth pattern.

Embedded Vision Evaluates YOUR Vision

Netra, a several-dollar cameraphone add-on originally developed at MIT, diagnoses nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The device clips to a phone, and users tap buttons on the touchscreen display until images seen in the Netra are aligned. The number of taps i.e. clicks needed to bring the patterns into alignment indicates the refractive error.

E. Coli: Cameraphone-Based Embedded Vision Is Your Fluorescence-Detection Eye

Researchers at UCLA have developed a cameraphone accessory that calculates the concentration of E. coli in a sample. The device works similarly to a fluorescence microscope, pumping the sample into a series of small tubes treated with E. coli antibodies, then measuring the excitement of quantum dots placed around them with the phone's camera and an additional lens.

Vision-Based Pulse Rate (And Other) Measurement: MIT Takes A Stab At It

MIT research has successfully developed technology able to amplify video frame-to-frame variations that would normally be invisible to the naked eye. Medical applications include pulse rate monitoring, along with early detection of various neurological disorders and other breakthroughs.

Embedded Vision: Assisting Those With Vision Limitations

Apple-developed accessibility technology built into the iOS operating system, along with applications created by "visionary" third-party developers, are enabling visually disabled users to thrive both personally and professionally.