Lifelens introduces an innovative point-of-care smartphone application to address child mortality rates caused by the lack of detection and availability of treatment for malaria. Basically, a Smartphone app which will allow people to test for the deadly disease in a matter of minutes. The group, calling themselves LifeLens, says in a video and article available on their blog that “Lifelens hopes to directly address the major problem of reducing child mortality rates throughout the world by providing a robust mobile diagnostic solution for malaria patients. The premise of Lifelens project is to digitally characterize anemia, visualize blood cell rupture and parasites, and provide three-dimensional modeling of cells through single image acquisition of low-volume blood smears by peripheral finger pricks.”
Lifelens devices are equipped with proprietary image analysis algorithm written in .NET with Visual Studio. The software is built in Visual Studio for a Windows Phone 7 using Microsoft Silverlight. Diagnosis is conducted using proprietary computer vision algorithms, written in C#, which can detect the presence of a malarial parasite within a patient’s blood cells. There are future plans to include Windows Azure into the system for data aggregation and reporting.
Lifelens replaces the unreliable cotton swab with a high definition, high magnification camera, equipped with proprietary image analysis algorithm written in .NET with Visual Studio. The software is designed to be used on the Windows Phone 7 OS.
The Lifelens diagnostic process consists of five steps (which can be performed by a volunteer in the field with only basic training):
1. Draw blood
2. Place on slide to create smear
3. Image with Lifelens
4. Receive diagnosis and SMS export to server
5. Disinfect slide