On Wednesday, Samsung unveiled a device called the Eyelike fundus camera, which is designed to transform older Galaxy smartphones into ophthalmic equipment that can help diagnose eye diseases. The new device was developed as part of the Galaxy Upcycling program, which aims to reassign older Galaxy smartphones to medical diagnostic cameras. Samsung has also expanded its Galaxy Upcycling program in India, as well as in Vietnam, Morocco and Papua New Guinea. The program was introduced in South Korea in 2017 to use older phones.
The Eyelike handheld camera connects to a lens attachment and uses an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm on older Samsung Galaxy smartphones to analyze and diagnose images of ophthalmic diseases. It connects to an application to collect patient data and suggest a treatment regimen.
Because the fundus camera uses an existing Galaxy smartphone as its brain to screen patients, it is being advertised to help offer diagnoses for a fraction of the cost of commercial instruments.
Samsung claims that the fundus of the fundus can screen patients for conditions that can lead to blindness, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. The company has worked with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the Yonsei University Health System (YUHS) in Korea to develop the device under its Galaxy Upcycling program. In addition, Samsung R&D Institute India-Bangalore (SRI-B) has contributed to the development of the fundus camera software.
“The combination of the use of multiple optical technologies and artificial intelligence, together with the performance of the Galaxy smartphone camera, created an affordable medical device that was just as capable as the fundus camera used by medical professionals. This has not only solved a health problem, but also a growing concern for the environment, “said Dr. Sangchul Yun of Yonsei University Health System in a statement.
The Eyelike fundus was first unveiled at the Samsung Developer Conference in 2019. It was prototyped in Vietnam in 2018 and has since been claimed to benefit more than 19,000 residents. In 2019, Samsung provided 90 portable ophthalmoscopes to healthcare professionals working in remote regions of the country.
In addition to Vietnam, Samsung is expanding Galaxy Upcycling program to India, Morocco and Papua New Guinea. The company is also expanding medical camera development capabilities to new areas of screening, including the use of recycled Galaxy devices to create portable colposcopes based on smartphones for cervical cancer screening and improving women’s access to quality health care. .
“This program embodies Samsung’s belief that technology can enrich people’s lives and help us build a fairer and more sustainable future for all,” said Sung-Ku Kim, vice president, Sustainable Development Management, Mobile Business. communications in Samsung Electronics.
The Galaxy Upcycling Program is part of Samsung’s commitment to support the 2030 Sustainable Development Program. The company also in January will bring Galaxy Upcycling home this aims to make older phones reusable as connected devices.
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