Thursday, March 21, 2013

How do you feel inside? Sensors might soon have that covered too.


KEY MOBILE TRENDS: sensors, mobile healthcare, nanotechnology

Bloody hell. Even more on the mobile sensor trend. This is getting amazing.

I've been reading stories about developments of small, internal sensors that can do such things as sniff out cancer cells or monitor blood for pathogens. Such sensors are placed inside the body using a minimally invasive procedure and provide data about the blood contents either directly or indirectly to a smartphone and further to a healthcare provider for analysis.

Here is one such sensor developed by researchers at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Lausanne (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). From the Institute: It’s “a tiny, portable personal blood testing laboratory: a minuscule device implanted just under the skin provides an immediate analysis of substances in the body, and a radio module transmits the results to a doctor over the cellular phone network. This feat of miniaturization has many potential applications, including monitoring patients undergoing chemotherapy.”

Ideally I would love to pick one of these up at my local supermarket or pharmacy and get to work doing some self diagnosis. But regulators can be so small about such things.

“Potentially, we could detect just about anything:”

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GWIC 2013. Be there. And see see Tiananmen Square.

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