Cradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensor

While not exactly related to the recently released Start Trek film, the premise behind utilizing an iPhone as a “tricorder” was recently entertained by researchers at the University of Illinois.

Based on the University of Illinois’ online press statement, lenses and filters were rigged to an iPhone “crade”, aligned in place with the electronic handheld’s camera.

Cradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensor
The configuration essentially yields to an iPhone cradle that rigs iPhone handsets in detecting viruses, bacteria, toxins and proteins, just as how Star Trek’s fabled “tricorders” could identify the different molecular components making up the items they are aimed to scan.

The device’s proponents are convinced that the cradle’s real life applications are quite practical, applicable in the detection of pathogens as well as practical as a tool in medical diagnostic tests.

With the iPhone cradle’s total cost roughly pegged to be worth $200 of components, its overall cost could be described as quite pricey, but its portability aspect does defray the hassle in having to lug about a number of current standard equipment and gear in the detection of certain molecules.

While far from being announced as a for-commercial release cradle, the innovation does say something about how much further mobile technology can be brought to, going beyond simple communication devices or games-centered products.

In essence, its existence does say a lot of how trivial eye-scanning technology can be, considering the real-life practical utilization a “tricorder” cradle could have in the diagnosis of medical ailments, along with the molecular identification of certain materials.

Think Samsung’s going to come up with their own version of the iPhone “tricorder cradle”?

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