One step closer to the future of medicine: urine checks arrive to smartphones with Uchek


"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."

Everyday health diagnostics at home is something we imagine would be a key part of our future health care, and Uchek is an important step towards that. It tests your urine and can alert you early about kidney and/or liver issues.

Ingawale - a man with a great sense of humor - announced the new app at TED to laughing and applauding crowd after he tested the app live on stage with a bottle sample from an audience member.

He might kid about calling the app “iPee,” but urine checks in your bathroom might be not just life-improving - they can be life-saving.

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.

We have long said there should be more you can do with your smartphone than call, check your email and play Angry Birds. It takes real effort to bring substantial, meaningful innovation, though, and luckily there are people in the world committed to delivering just that.

source: Mashable

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18 Comments

1. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I wonder how many people are going to pee on their phones after this app becomes available.

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Sony fanboys, every one of them.

8. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Xperia ZZZzzzzz......... .XD

18. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Every single phone user will do it just to see how it works. They are going to smell like R Kellys's sheet. pisssssssssssss!!!

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

better drink my own piss

7. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Even the cat in your pic is smarter than that. And I'm guessing you're typing on glass - no caps or punctuation.

4. mydi.maus unregistered

pee app?uhh!? how about STD app?,,,

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I thought we were supposed to pee on the phone when i first read the headline! "Is a pain on your lower abdomen hurting you? Do you feel the need to pee everytime? Do you need to quick check your urine? Then here's a new app here for you. Don't worry, just pee and you'll see"

9. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Galaxy S-pee?

10. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Well something like this was overdue after news of health aids coming on S4.

11. ilia1986 unregistered

Ah - we finally have a use for this thing called "iPhone". To be pissed on by sick people. Can't wait for iPhone-proof fecal checks.

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

is it just me or the video has absoluetly nothing to do with the article ? The video doesnt mention anything about the strips to pee on, its about anemia !

14. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Pissing directly on your phone should solve the problem. I guess the phone should be piss and water proof.

15. Assa7inKing

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

No !!! i wouldnt piss on MY UP COMING XPERIA Z but i can on the iCRAP that my dog has.....

16. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

About a year ago, I read an article about capacitive touch screens and how they are sensitive enough to analyse saliva samples. You can spit on your touch screen and an app can theoretically analyse it for illnesses. When I saw the headline, I though it would do the same for urine samples. Then, I read the article.

17. sun0066

Posts: 267; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

not expensive , you may go to an online retailer ( amazon ) and look for urine test strips and there are plenty very ship

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