There has been an explosion of smartphone-powered and inspired medical technologies in the past couple of years. Only recently, scientists at the University of Essex developed a mobile app that converts the iPhone or iPod into a hearing aid. Another example is a research project at UCLA, which converts a smartphone into a fluorescent microscope and flow cytometer capable of performing medical diagnostics. Other noteworthy devices exemplifying this trend include the FDA-approved iPhone ECG and the EyeNetra visual acuity tester.
It’s fitting that the aforementioned devices will be showcased in an upcoming TEDMED 2013 presentation by John Hopkins medical student Shiv Gaglani titled “The Smartphone Physical.” The presentation will discuss how technology is now available to offer a clinically meaningful patient checkup using solely smartphone-powered technology.
Here, MPMN takes a quick look at the technology behind the devices that will be on display in the Smartphone Physical.