By Jane Wakefield, Technology reporter
A smartphone app that uses a phone’s camera to analyse urine and check for a range of medical conditions has been shown off at the TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference in Los Angeles.
Uchek tests for 25 different health issues and could help diagnose and treat diseases in the developing world.
Increasingly mobile health is being talked up as a lifesaver in such areas.
The app is the brainchild of TED fellow Myshkin Ingawale.
“I wanted to get medical health checks into users’ hands,” he told the BBC.
Urine can be tested for the presence of 10 elements – including glucose, proteins and nitrites.
These can be used to pinpoint a range of conditions including diabetes, urinary tract infects, cancers, liver problems as well as being used to keep track of general health.
Users need to collect their urine and dip a standard test strip into it. ….