Tuesday, 10 Nov, 2009 Technology

Suspect Flu? Use Your Cell!


Scientists are about to come up with one of the most useful inventions – a flu detector incorporated into a mobile phone.

It's been a routine for centuries – to detect respiratory diseases, ranging from cold to pneumonia, doctors initially had to listen to a patient's cough.

The distinctions between casual and disease-provoked cough are known quite well. This made American and Australian researchers think whether it's possible to create special software that would be able to diagnose unhealthy cough by comparing a recording of a particular cough with a database of various coughs.

To compile the database scientists will need to collect over 1000 samples of different coughs from people of different sex, age, and state of health.

One of the most useful inventions might be installed on mobile phones, making people aware of whether they need treatment instantly – the only thing they'll need to do would be coughing into the mic incorporated in their phone. That can save a great deal of time that is usually spent to consult a doctor.

Posted by gurk

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