Researchers Turn a Smartphone into a Biosensor

University of Illinois researchers developed a cradle and app for the iPhone to make a handheld biosensor that uses the phone’s own camera and processing power to detect any kind of biological molecules or cells. | Photo by Brian T. Cunningham

University of Illinois researchers developed a cradle and app for the iPhone to make a handheld biosensor that uses the phone’s own camera and processing power to detect any kind of biological molecules or cells. | Photo by Brian T. Cunningham

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a cradle and app for the iPhone that uses the phone’s built-in camera and processing power as a biosensor to detect toxins, proteins, bacteria, viruses and other molecules. Read More →

Turn Your Smartphone into a Digital Microscope

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The amount of technology we now take for granted is astonishing; a typical smartphone has a dazzling array of components and functions including digital camera, GPS receiver, computer, internet browser and email. For anyone with an interest in science, this effectively means you have a mobile laboratory and research centre packed into a small portable box that fits in your pocket. With a few modifications, your smartphone can be converted into a laboratory instrument wh Read More →