Diagnosing Disease Through Voice Analysis

MIT Technology Review highlights research into diagnosing health conditions ranging fom PTSD to heart disease by analysing the way people speak. From the article:

“Voice samples are a rich source of information about a person’s health, and researchers think subtle vocal cues may indicate underlying medical conditions or gauge disease risk.”

Source: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603200/voice-analysis-tech-could-diagnose-disease/amp/

Concept: Low-cost arsenic detector for drinking water

SHENDY is an open-source and low-cost arsenic detector being developed by an international group of students. The aim is to create a smartphone connected device that can test whether groundwater is safe to drink based on its arsenic content, which is often at poisonous levels in post-conflict zones and after natural disasters.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1499966707/low-cost-open-source-arsenic-detector-for-drinking

Asthma study using Apple’s ResearchKit adds UK & Ireland

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iMore highlights the addition of the UK and Ireland to an asthma study using Apple’s ResearchKit. iMore explains:

“Asthma Health, the ResearchKit-powered asthma study from Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, is now available for download and use in both the UK and Ireland. One of the initial crop of ResearchKit apps launched in March 2015, Asthma Health tracks symptom patterns and potential triggers, which allows researchers to develop new, more personalized treatments for asthma.”

Source: http://www.imore.com/researchkit-powered-asthma-health-study-arrives-uk-and-ireland

3 Technologies Coming To Smartphones – via Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur highlights three technologies that could enhance the features and power of smartphones:

  • spectrometers – adding health applications such as tests for skin conditions, or monitoring vital signs/heart rate
  • more accurate gps – allowing better 3d-mapping, improving virtual reality and semi-/autonomous vehicles
  • gas sensors – to help monitor air quality or detect toxic fumes, explosives or pollutants

Source: www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/248210