Can smartphones help save lives? According to a recent Workplace Evolution post, your smartphone could be used to diagnose malaria from anywhere in the world.
The prototype is a Windows 7-equipped Samsung Focus smart phone modified with a microscopic camera lens. The software takes a picture of a blood sample, and can identify clusters of malaria in the sample. It draws a red box around them, and notifies you how many clusters are in the blood.
The data can also be uploaded to help track disease trends, and the team is also working on developing similar applications to diagnose sickle cell and other diseases.