Lifelens: Graduate Student Team Develop Windows Phone Microscope to Diagnose Malaria in the Field

Last summer, I wrote about a UCLA Professor of Electrical Engineering whose team developed a microscope that when attached to a cellphone provided a cheap field use diagnostic tool. How cheap? How about $10 in parts.

Cellphone Microscope Built Out of $10 in Parts Wins Awards for UCLA EE Prof. & Team

The photos here are taken from a video of UCLA Professor Aydogan Ozcan explaining the concept. My guess is that Professor Ozcan’s work inspired graduate students from Anderson School of Management, Harvard School of Business, University of California Davis and University of Central Florida Orlando to build a malaria diagnosis system using a Windows Phone 7 based Samsung Focus smartphone with a microscope camera lens. They call this system Lifelens.

Students aim to combat malaria with smartphone software

The students’ system takes a photograph of a blood sample and then draws a red box around clusters of malaria. This allows diagnosis to take place in the field and reducing the time to send the sample to a lab for diagnosis from days or weeks to near zero.

This graduate student project is a finalist in the Microsoft sponsored Imagine Cup 2011 student technology competition. This year’s theme is Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.

Video courtesy of wilsonjamesto