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smartCARD: Meet the app that measures blood cholesterol

Researchers at Cornell University in the United States have created a smartphone app that measures blood cholesterol content. The device, which works coupled to the camera can help people who need to monitor their cholesterol level frequently. Besides simple and inexpensive, the result is faster than a conventional blood test.

accessory in conjunction with app turns smartphones into blood cholesterol meters
smartCARD: app measures blood cholesterol / Cornell University

The project called smartCARD (from Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics smartphone) and led by Professor David Erickson, along with two university students, all engineers. As both students Matthew Mancuso and Vlad Oncescu explain in their article on the university's website, just stick a finger with a needle and put a drop of blood on the test strip. The reagent strip separates blood components and on the other hand, the color of the strip changes according to the cholesterol level present. After that, the application analyzes the colors of the strip image that is captured by the camera and the result appears in a few seconds.

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Matthew Mancuso (left) and Vlad Oncescu (right) demonstrate smartCARD / Cornell University
<p>There is no confirmed release date, but it is estimated that the device could hit the market in a year. In addition to working on improving this app, researchers are also developing an app that measures the level of vitamin D in the blood. The idea is great and I really like to see the scientific community involved in the application of new technologies that improve people's lives. And you, what do you think?</p><div class='code-block code-block-3' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'>
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