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Your mobile phone can diagnose your cough

Posted by andreaitis on November 10, 2009

Gotta cough? There's an app for that.

The latest in hacking technology. Literally.

Soon all you’ll have to do is  cough into your phone for an instant diagnosis. Software being developed by STAR Analytical Services will measure your cough by comparing it to a pre-recorded database of coughs.

Software being developed by American and Australian scientists will hopefully allow patients simply to cough into their phone, and it will tell them whether they have cold, flu, pneumonia or other respiratory diseases.

The software would compare the patient’s cough to a pre-recorded database of coughs, containing the sounds of all respiratory diseases from people of both sexes and various ages, weights and other variables.

Currently the STAR team has a database of several dozen patients, but they estimate they will need a total of around 1,000 before the software will be reliable.

The software is currently run on a computer, but it is anticipated that it could be rewritten as a smartphone application.

via Cough into your mobile phone for instant diagnosis – Telegraph

The project is being funded by a $100,000 grant from the  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Hmm, mobile phone diagnosis.  Would this be considered a public or private option in the health care debate?

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I Want My M(obile)TV

Posted by andreaitis on April 20, 2009

This is big news: “Washington will be the first U.S. city to get free digital TV broadcasts for mobile devices like cell phones, laptop computers and in-car entertainment systems, broadcasters were set to announce Monday.”

Another extension to make us a more connected society, for better or worse.  Think of the devices, the where and the how of mobile TV.  The new cross-platform experience, from cars, buses and trains to refrigerators to (of course) devices you can take with you, in various sizes.  Think about blending mobile TV with Skype and Twitter.  Think about news coverage and how it can reach areas previously unreached, where people may have cell phones but not TVs.  And think about advertisers who can have a more personal and intimate relationship with device owners through geo-targeting.

Much to think about.  Think big.

Broadcasts using new “mobile DTV” technology are expected to begin in late summer from five stations: local affiliates of CBS, NBC, PBS and Ion and one independent station owned by Fox.

The initial broadcasts will be identical to those beamed to TV sets, including the advertising.

Washington, D.C. will be 1st to get free mobile TV by AP: Yahoo! Tech

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Something to Phone Home About…

Posted by andreaitis on February 19, 2009

I need a new phone.  Actually, I don’t neeeed one.  I just want one.  And it takes me forever to decide which new phone is the right new phone for me. But now I can torment all of you in the process.  I’ve resisted the Blackberry so far, and was considering the Treo Pro….but I might have to reconsider my reconsideration for reconsidering…

Let the casual users have their touch screens; the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is all about the keyboard. This new version of the original T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve has a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi connectivity and all the e-mail features that make BlackBerry popular with businesspeople.

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The four-ounce phone is considerably thinner than the older model. It supports most major e-mail providers and can connect to AOL, Yahoo and Windows Live instant messaging. This model also has GPS functions with turn-by-turn directions and audio and video playback. Research in Motion, its maker, has also improved the screen resolution and improved the interface and browser.

A New BlackBerry Curve Loaded With Features – NYTimes.com

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