Samsung on Wednesday launched a gadget referred to as the Eyelike fundus digicam that’s designed to rework older Galaxy smartphones into ophthalmic tools that may assist diagnose eye illnesses. The new gadget is developed beneath the Galaxy Upcycling programme that goals to repurpose older Galaxy smartphones into medical analysis cameras. Samsung additionally expanded its Galaxy Upcycling programme to India in addition to Vietnam, Morocco, and Papua New Guinea. The programme was launched in South Korea again in 2017 to utilise older telephones.
The Eyelike handheld fundus digicam connects to a lens attachment and makes use of a synthetic intelligence (AI) algorithm on older Samsung Galaxy smartphones to analyse and diagnose the pictures for ophthalmic illnesses. It connects to an app to seize affected person knowledge and recommend a therapy routine.
Since the fundus digicam makes use of an current Galaxy smartphone as its mind for screening sufferers, it’s touted to assist provide diagnoses at a fraction of the price of business devices.
Samsung claims that the fundus digicam can display screen sufferers for circumstances which will result in blindness, together with diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. The firm has labored with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and Yonsei University Health System (YUHS) in Korea to develop the gadget beneath its Galaxy Upcycling programme. Additionally, Samsung R&D Institute India-Bangalore (SRI-B) contributed to constructing the software program for the fundus digicam.
“The combination of using multiple optical technologies and artificial intelligence, coupled with camera performance of a Galaxy smartphone, created an affordable medical device that was just as capable as a fundus camera used by medical professionals. This not only solved a health issue, but a growing environmental concern as well,” stated Dr. Sangchul Yoon of Yonsei University Health System, in a ready assertion.
The Eyelike fundus digicam was first showcased at Samsung Developer Conference in 2019. It was prototyped in Vietnam in 2018 and since then, the gadget is claimed to have benefited greater than 19,000 residents. In 2019, Samsung provided 90 moveable ophthalmoscopes to well being professionals working in distant areas of the nation.
In addition to Vietnam, Samsung is increasing the Galaxy Upcycling programme to India, Morocco, and Papua New Guinea. The firm can be broadening the capabilities of the medical digicam improvement to new screening areas, together with utilizing upcycled Galaxy gadgets to create smartphone-based moveable colposcopes to display screen for cervical most cancers and enhance ladies’s accessibility to high quality well being care.
“This programme embodies Samsung’s belief that technology can enrich people’s lives and help us build a more equitable and sustainable future for all,” stated Sung-Koo Kim, Vice President, Sustainability Management Office, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.
The Galaxy Upcycling programme is a a part of Samsung’s dedication to help the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The firm additionally in January brought the Galaxy Upcycling at Home that’s meant to make older telephones reusable as related gadgets.
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