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London - Hypochondriacs rejoice. A new app that can analyse urine will be available to download from March.
Dubbed uChek, it is the brainchild of tech genius Myshkin Ingawale, who unveiled it at this week's TED conference in Los Angeles.
As he explains: “Everyone pees and everybody carries a smartphone. We figured we had to be able to do something with this.”
In case you were wondering, it doesn't involve peeing on your smartphone, or dropping it down the loo; you simply dip a standard testing strip into your urine and take a photograph of the results.
The app then analyses the strip's colour chart to establish whether you have a range of conditions including diabetes, urinary tract infections, liver problems and cancers.
For the more anxious among us, it provides an opportunity for obsessive whizz-monitoring, but in the developing world it could mean cheap, fast and accurate medical testing for millions. - The Independent