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Smartphone Spectroscopy Takes the Lab to the People

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The revolutionary power of smartphone spectroscopy is boosting biological and medical applications, and making point of care more effective.

FAROOQ AHMED, SCIENCE WRITER

By 2020, the number of smartphone users in the world is expected to reach almost 2.9 billion — nearly doubling in six years from about 1.6 billion in 2014. Technology companies and researchers have been directly and indirectly imbuing smartphones with additional capabilities, including spectroscopy for biological and medical applications, among other uses (Figure 1). Figure 1. The Changhong H2 is the first consumer device with an integrated imaging spectrometer. Courtesy of Consumer Physics. The result is reminiscent of something from “Star Trek,” the seminal 1960s...Read full article

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