Can smartphones power satellites, become
mobile labs, drive cars, screen health,
detect metals and save rain-forest?
One can hardly establish a direct connection between satellite and detecting
metal or saving rain-forest, but with smartphones, this is possible too. A
smartphone, and with dedicated mobile application development, it’s not difficult
to put today’s mobile technology in the center of everything. And thus it’s true
that a smartphone can power satellites, become mobile lab, drive cars, screen
health, detect metals and save rain-forest. Let me refer some examples:
Smartphone powered satellites
In February 2013, a Google Nexus powered nano-satellite was sent into orbit
under the joint project of University of Surrey’s Space Center and Surry Satellite
Technologies limited. Of course, the satellite had some experimental applications
which were put in the phone to collect data from space.
Smartphone powered medical labs
With a dedicated mobile application development, smartphones can easily be
turned into medical labs, and that’ what researchers at the University of Illinois
tried to do in 2013, according to the reports from RedOrbit.com. Researchers
have developed an iPhone cradle and app that make a device a complete medical
lab. It uses the camera of phone to detect toxins, proteins, viruses, bacteria and
Smartphones driving cars
Google’s own self-driving car runs on $30,000 of high-tech hardware and various
other sensors but at Griffith University, Australia, students did it with a single
smartphone. They relied on smartphone’s built-in GPS system.
Smartphone health screening
Smartphones can also screen health. In 2012, Korea Advanced Institute of
Science and Technology found that smartphone screens can be turned into digital
doctors working on same tap and swiping mechanisms for screening health.
Screens could detect protein and DNA molecules just by taping or swiping on
Smartphone based metal detectors
Many Android smartphones come with built-in magnetometer, and it has quite
beneficial use as explained by Medgadget “Imagine having a metal detector
handy when you, as an emergency physician, have an unconscious patient come
in and you need to know whether he has an implant.”
However; magnetometers in today’s smartphones are not that much effective and
can detect metals in range of a few inches but in future, more powerful
magnetometer detection system can be added to smartphones for the purpose of
detecting metal in emergency conditions.
Smartphone saving rain-forests
In 2013, a nonprofit in Indonesia launched an Android application that listens for
the telltale growl of chainsaw and triggers an alert. Powered by solar panels, these
smartphones have an application that keeps their microphones on all times and
listens for the sound of chainsaw.
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