Whenever there is a terrorist strike or there is a serious mishap, our emotions get loose and we shed a few tears because we understand the importance of human lives. But the irony is, most of us don’t realize that even in this 21st century, it is diseases like malaria that is taking more lives than hundreds of terror strikes taken together! Yes, that is true. According to a WHO report, malaria kills over 780,000 people every year. This is surely a number that we should be ashamed of; especially when we proclaim that we have made tremendous progress in the field of science and technology. The people who suffer the most with malaria are the underprivileged, with a majority of them children.
It will be unfair to say that there haven’t been sincere efforts to curb this menace, but looking at the startling death rate, it can be assumed that they have been insufficient. It is therefore great news that a few young and dynamic minds have come up with a unique application that, in all probability, will not only speed up the diagnosis process, but will also considerably bring down the cost of treating the disease. The application, coined Lifelens, is a Smartphone application that for the first time will enable you to diagnose a blood sample for malaria infection. All you need to do is take a snap of the blood sample. Incidentally, since Lifelens has diagnostic capability, you don’t require sending the picture to a physician for diagnosis. You will need Windows Phone 7 software to run the application which is equipped with a high resolution imaging sensor. Lifelens also demands that you have a micro balls lens attachment on Windows Phone 7.
The brainchild of Wilson To, Cy Khormaee, Tristan Gibeau and Jason Wakizaka, the Lifelens application is still in its early stages, but there is enough signs that it can propel more such innovations in the future. The people behind it all are simply hoping that their efforts will draw enough attention so that they can carry on with their research to improve the application even further so that it used on a much larger scale.