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Smartphone Virus Scanner Is Not What You Think


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Images of viruses caught on the smartphone rig.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo in Japan have developed a virus scanner smartphone accessory.

Credit: Minagawa et al.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo in Japan have developed a virus scanner for a smartphone that could help medical professionals track the spread of diseases.

The device is about the size of a brick, with a slot on top that connects to a smartphone so that its camera looks through a small lens to the inside of the device.

A custom smartphone app allows the user to see individual viruses, which are held in place on a clear surface in tiny cavities lit by an LED.

Said University of Tokyo researcher Yoshihiro Minagawa, "Diagnosis is a critical factor of disease prevention. Our device paves the way for better access to essential diagnostic tools."

From University of Tokyo
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