- Samsung is reusing discarded Galaxy phones for medical purposes.
- The devices are used as eye scanners in emerging and developing countries.
- This should help to better treat and even heal the visual impairments there.
The same medical devices are not available in emerging and developing countries as, for example, here in Germany. Samsung want that with change his eyelike program and uses discarded Galaxy cell phones as significantly cheaper but efficient eye scanners to detect visual impairments at an early stage and to be able to treat them.
To do this, the cell phones are attached to a special lens. The latter can capture the eyes of patients in detail and identify visual impairments. The installed app provides an initial analysis with artificial intelligence and can also share the data with specialist clinics for further diagnosis and treatment options. The camera can also be used as a mobile scanner in old people’s homes or other facilities.
According to Samsung, the Eyelike camera is already in use in countries such as Morocco, India, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. According to this, over 2.2 billion people worldwide suffer from a visual impairment. Around half would have been preventable or can still be cured. Samsung wants to start right here with its Eyelike program.
According to the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG), the advantage is obvious. The devices are significantly cheaper than the equipment used by clinics and ophthalmologists in their practices, but no less efficient. Especially in countries where there is little money, Samsung’s Eyelike program could help improve treatments.