Ever thought a smartphone could detect what was in the urine? Well, now you can. A new iPhone application developed by MIT entrepreneur Ingawale Myshkin, unveiled at the TED conference this week, allowing people to take urine samples with your mobile device.
Obviously, the mixture of urine and electronics do not mix, so this application instead uses the smartphone’s camera to determine what is in the urine. Nicknamed Uchek, the user application involves urinating into a cup, putting a urinalysis strip color coded in the cup, making the picture of the results, and then let the application do its magic.
Uchek can detect up to 25 diseases, including diabetes, urinary tract infections, and pre-eclampsia. Can also measure levels of glucose, protein, ketones, and more. According to Wired, 1,200 samples of tests showed that the application was more accurate than humans interpret color-coded strips.
Ingawale goal is to help people become more aware of what health problems they may have or to monitor their conditions. Ideally, to provide additional information to a physician.
“The idea is to get people closer to their own information,” said Ingawale at the TED conference yesterday, according to Wired. “I want people to understand better what is going on with their bodies.”
Uchek is working its way through the approval process and Ingawale Apple is also working on an Android app, according to Wired. The application will cost 99 cents and users can buy a pack of strips and a user guide with color code for $ 20.