M2M enables molecular medical monitoring

M2M isn’t necessarily synonymous with life-saving technology.

The benefits it offers in terms of convenience and efficiency have been well documented. But M2M can also play a vital role in keeping us healthy, and allow us to spot important warning signs before serious ailments develop.

What if M2M could detect harmful elements on a molecular level? What if a technology existed which could run on-the-spot medical diagnostics, environmental tests, or food safety exams? Such technology isn’t available yet, but if researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have anything to say about it, it may be soon.

Researchers have developed a cradle and app for the iPhone which uses the device’s built-in camera and processing power as a biosensor. This allows it to detect toxins, bacteria, viruses, proteins, and other molecules. The biosensor uses a photonic crystal, which shifts light wavelengths when anything biological becomes attached to it.

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Source: Connected World Magazine