Samsung on Wednesday launched a tool known as the Eyelike fundus digicam that’s designed to remodel older Galaxy smartphones into ophthalmic gear that may assist diagnose eye illnesses. The brand new machine is developed beneath the Galaxy Upcycling programme that goals to repurpose older Galaxy smartphones into medical prognosis 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 photographs for ophthalmic illnesses. It connects to an app to seize affected person information and recommend a therapy routine.
For the reason that fundus digicam makes use of an present Galaxy smartphone as its mind for screening sufferers, it’s touted to assist provide diagnoses at a fraction of the price of industrial devices.
Samsung claims that the fundus digicam can display sufferers for situations that will result in blindness, together with diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. The corporate has labored with the Worldwide Company for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and Yonsei College Well being System (YUHS) in Korea to develop the machine beneath its Galaxy Upcycling programme. Moreover, Samsung R&D Institute India-Bangalore (SRI-B) contributed to constructing the software program for the fundus digicam.
“The mix of utilizing a number of optical applied sciences and synthetic intelligence, coupled with digicam efficiency of a Galaxy smartphone, created an inexpensive medical machine that was simply as succesful as a fundus digicam utilized by medical professionals. This not solely solved a well being situation, however a rising environmental concern as effectively,” mentioned Dr. Sangchul Yoon of Yonsei College Well being System, in a ready assertion.
The Eyelike fundus digicam was first showcased at Samsung Developer Convention in 2019. It was prototyped in Vietnam in 2018 and since then, the machine is claimed to have benefited greater than 19,000 residents. In 2019, Samsung equipped 90 transportable ophthalmoscopes to well being professionals working in distant areas of the nation.
Along with Vietnam, Samsung is increasing the Galaxy Upcycling programme to India, Morocco, and Papua New Guinea. The corporate can also be broadening the capabilities of the medical digicam growth to new screening areas, together with utilizing upcycled Galaxy units to create smartphone-based transportable colposcopes to display for cervical most cancers and enhance ladies’s accessibility to high quality well being care.
“This programme embodies Samsung’s perception that expertise can enrich individuals’s lives and assist us construct a extra equitable and sustainable future for all,” mentioned Sung-Koo Kim, Vice President, Sustainability Administration Workplace, Cellular Communications Enterprise at Samsung Electronics.
The Galaxy Upcycling programme is part of Samsung’s dedication to help the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Growth. The corporate additionally in January brought the Galaxy Upcycling at Home that’s meant to make older telephones reusable as related units.
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