ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) — A team of graduate students has created a new smartphone application they say will allow healthcare workers in remote locations to diagnose malaria cases on the spot.
But first, the students hope their application wins this weekend’s Imagine Cup 2011 national finals in Seattle.
The 9th-annual Imagine Cup, sponsored by Microsoft, asks student entrants to “imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.”
Tristan Gibeau, 25, a graduate computer engineering student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, said his team’s application fits the bill.
“It’s going to make a difference in trying to contain the outbreak of malaria,” said Gibeau, the project’s software designer.
“In the big picture, it’ll hopefully help in the fight against most diseases out there and make everybody’s life a little easier.”
His team’s prototype is a Windows 7-equipped Samsung Focus smart phone modified with a microscopic camera lens.
Here’s a video on it: