Imagine Cup 2011 WP7 application helps diagnose malaria, save lives

We have written about Tristan Gibeau and Wilson To ‘s LifeLens app, which enables the diagnosis of Malaria in remote areas using only a Windows phone 7 smartphone and a special lens.

They are now waiting to compete in the Finals of the Imagine Cup 2011, sponsored by Microsoft. The 9th-annual Imagine Cup asks student entrants to "imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems."

"It’s going to make a difference in trying to contain the outbreak of malaria," said Gibeau, the project’s software designer.

"In the big picture, it’ll hopefully help in the fight against most diseases out there and make everybody’s life a little easier."

Gibeau said the software application can take a picture of a blood sample, process the data to detect malaria parasites, quantify how much malaria is in the sample and point the parasites out to the phone user.

"It actually draws a red box around the clusters of malaria, and it actually notifies you how many it found," Gibeau said.

Gibeau said the team is working toward patenting and marketing the new application.

He also said he is working on smart phone applications to detect sickle cell and other diseases and also plans to make the software easily adaptable to lab-based microscopes.

"From different conversations we’ve had with investors, we feel that this definitely is a money-maker," he said.

Read more at Huffington Post here.