Researchers at the Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT), University of Hanover, Germany, have developed a self-contained fiber optic sensor for smartphones with the potential for use in a wide variety of biomolecular tests, including those for detecting pregnancy or monitoring diabetes, according to The Optical Society.
The researchers stated, “The readings of the sensor can run through an application on a smartphone which provide real-time results.”
They further added that with adequate provision, one can actually check different types of body fluids with his smartphone including blood, urine, saliva, sweat and breath.
The technology could possibly come in such a way that the sensor readings would be combined with the GPS signal of the smartphone to enable users get a direction to a nearby ‘drug store, hospital or ambulance’.
Kort Bremer, inventor and co-author of the new paper with Bernhard Roth, director, Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT), University of Hanover, Germany said, “We have the potential to develop small and robust lab-on-a-chip devices for smartphones. So, surface plasmon resonance sensors could become ubiquitous now.”
Well, life can only get better with technology.