iSpit Diagnostics for your iPhone?

By on December 1, 2011
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Korean scientists theorize that our phone capacitive screens could actually help diagnose diseases.

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OCD? Well, this isn’t for you. The latest bit of research coming out of Korea claims that the capacitive touchscreens on our phones and tablets could actually be used to analyse and diagnose the diseases in our saliva.

Taking self diagnostics to a whole new level, the scientists claim that it works through the screens ability to detect minute capacitive differences in the liquids (saliva) placed on its surface. The scientists, Hyun Gyu Park and Byoung Yeon Won at the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology in Daejeon have, according to Engadget, managed to detect chlamydia microbes in three concentrations it tested.

The diagnosis is not yet fool proof as the read outs could be compromised by other moisture on the screens such as moisture and sweat. A proposed solution to this is the application of a disposable film placed on your devices screen.

Adds a whole new dimension to the fear of buying second-hand phones doesn’t it?


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