We can't blame you if you see that headline and immediately wonder if this new app called UCheck will require you to pee on your smartphone. We wondered the same thing at first. To answer your immediate curiosity, the answer is no. This app does not require you to urinate on your Android or iPhone. The app does allow you to utilize the camera sensor on your phone to check a series of urine strips and get the same answer you would from going into a doctor's lab. This would allow you to monitor several different medical issues from kidney to liver and more. Here's a quote from the developer explaining their "inspiration,"
Now, here's a quote explaining the UCheck app a bit more,"Everybody pees, and everybody carries a cellphone," Myshkin Ingawale, co-founder of med tech company Biosense Technologies, the maker of an upcoming iPhone and Android app Uchek, said unveiling the new app. "We figured we had to be able to do something with this."
Just think... using the new Sony Xperia Z as an example, they might could actually integrate this technology directly into the smartphone without needing the pee strips. Now we will have a legitimate reason to take our devices to the restroom with us!Right now, to get a urine check, you have to go into a hospital where urine is tested using one of six available brands of analyzers, each using expensive urine strips that are not compatible with others.
The Uchek on the other hand is much simpler, using cheap urine strips that change color after you pee on them. You have to take a few photographs of those strips over a couple of minutes. They use 10 pads that deliberately change color, but instead of using an expert you can use your smartphone to analyze those. It is almost like reading a QR code.
After the analysis is done you get a breakdown of the chemical components in your blood. And below you can see a video with Ingawale about another mobile health solution from last year.
All kidding aside, this app proves that the avenues of innovation smartphones are capable of exceeds even the wildest of imaginations. It makes you wonder if, one day, our smart-devices will eventually evolve into a Start Trek-like Tricorder that will also figure out everything that is ailing us. Smart money would probably bet on that particular fiction becoming a reality.
Source: PhoneArena and UCheck