Volume 92 Issue 32 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 11, 2014

Handheld Analyzer Provides Lab-Like Capabilities For Only $25

Instruments: Affordable electrochemical device uses any cell phone to transmit data
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: diagnostics, electrochemistry, mobile phone, cell phone

A mobile electrochemical detector called uMED can test for a variety of molecular-level health or environmental indicators and then use any cell phone on any cellular network to transmit results for remote analysis and diagnosis. The device, which costs about $25, could give people in resource-limited areas the ability to perform tests typically carried out by expensive laboratory electrochemical instruments.

Developed by George M. Whitesides of Harvard University and coworkers, uMED . . .

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