Recently, China launched a mobile app to identify if you have had any ‘close contact’ with the deadly Coronavirus. Users can scan a QR code with mobile apps like Alipay or WeChat to find out if they are at risk based of infection based on their proximity to an infected victim or a suspected one. This app is specifically designed for civilians in China who are at the greatest risk currently. However, the question remains whether this app will be just be limited to Chinese phone devices or not? The answer is smartphones!
This app cross-checks one’s location data history to see if that person has ever established any close contact with someone who’s diagnosed with Coronavirus and further details. This precautionary app educates one on the painful reality but also gradually seems to be providing calm amid all the chaos of unawareness surrounding this epidemic. According to the MobiHealthNews website, “Yoshihiro Minagawa, a researcher from the University of Tokyo invented a portable, low-cost, battery-powered device that pairs with a smartphone, which was tested with viruses but could also detect other biological markers.”
Minagawa and the team’s initial findings and final work with intricate details on their smartphone-based imaging unit are published in the journal, Lab on a Chip. His working model uses the Autodesk 123D Design tool and a FormLabs resin 3D printer enabling the team to prototype the device case, thus making the process more convenient in nature. While this device is still in the works, smartphones hold the overwhelming potential to continue shaking up our world in positive ways. As our world grows increasingly interconnected every day, it seems someday there won’t be any technical limitation on sharing inventions and discoveries and quickly turning able into an easily accessible reality at the tip of a finger. Based on Minagawa’s patent work and China’s efforts to protect its citizens and prevent further spread, solid tech and humanitarian work paves the way to a healthier future despite the current difficult health conditions. Stay tuned for more updates.