Researchers in South Korea and South Africa are working hard to launch smart phones that can be used to test for HIV/AIDS in many parts of Africa through a revolutionary gadget called Smart Scope.
The research team is reported to have developed a microscope and an application that can photograph and analyse blood samples in areas far from laboratories to diagnose HIV and even measure the health of immune systems.
Smartscope, is a small 1-millimeter (0.04-inch) microscope and light which clips over a smartphone’s camera.
“Our idea was to obtain images and analyse images on this smartphone using applications,” said Jung Kyung Kim, a professor in biomedical engineering at Kookmin University in South Korea.
The new technology would be initially used for HIV/AIDS testing in rural communities in South Africa and Swaziland.
An estimated 6 million South Africans are infected with the HIV virus while an estimate 25% of Swazi adults are infected with the virus.