People use their phones and tablets all day and for many every day tasks. Soon, we can add urine analysis to that list. Myshkin Ingwale of Biosense Technologies Private Limited has introduced their new app called Uchek at the annual TED conference.
It isn’t the first app to attempt using the phone for a medical reason, but the results of this app could be very useful. It is able to measure protein levels, nitrates, glucose, bilirubin levels, ketones and more to come. Don’t be afraid of peeing on your phone or having this be the reason you drop your phone in the toilet.
The app is essentially housing the database of information locally and using the high quality camera sensor to view the results. It will have users take 2 pictures of the strips and the color mat after a few minutes. It will cost $0.99 in the App Store and is set to debut next month after the pending approval is granted.
Other needed supplies are the testing strips and the color mat board which is reusable and is estimated to be $20. The color board is required to give the app and camera a known sense of color to be able to detect specific colors in any light conditions.
To start the app will be able to test for up to 25 diseases including preeclampsia, diabetes and urinary tract infections. How well it works is still to be determined, but the tracking and updating ability could be worth it to health conscious people. Typical urine testing machines are able to test for many other things, but they also cost upwards of $10,000. A .99 app on a device you already own, along with a few standard testing strips with a reusable color mat seems like a good deal. For starting off the app is only available for iOS devices, but Android will have a compatible version within a few months.
“uChek reduces this human intervention and is hence, much easier to use. In addition, it can interpret results and identify the existing medical conditions. It can also store previous results, thus making it easy to monitor trends. And yes, while it cannot replace your physician, it can reduce your number of visits!”
“Everybody pees, and everybody carries a cellphone,” said Ingawale. “We figured we had to be able to do something with this.”
Why should you use uChek?
Sure methods exist to analyze urine, which involve using a strip to analyze it. However, due to substantial human intervention required in terms of noting observations at different time intervals with naked eye, their accuracy is always a suspect.
uChek reduces this human intervention and is hence, much easier to use. In addition, it can interpret results and identify the existing medical conditions. It can also store previous results, thus making it easy to monitor trends. And yes, while it cannot replace your physician, it can reduce your number of visits!
Will you use this as a supplement to going to the doctor? No, but it can be used as an early detection method and finding something early is far greater than later.
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Myshkin and his team have developed a portable, mobile phone-sized device to diagnose and monitor anemia non-invasively i.e without needles. The technology works on an optical principle and gives out results instantly.
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