If you stick to what Samsung is doing with the old Galaxy smartphones, eye care will benefit better than before. According to the Galaxy Upcycling program, the South Korean giant is repurposing old Galaxy smartphones to use as ophthalmic equipment to weaken eye diseases. The initiative for the recycling program was revealed in 2017 in South Korea, and over time, Samsung has plans to expand to other regions, such as India, Vietnam, Papua, New Guinea, and Morocco.
Making judicious use of the phone’s native hardware, the EYELIKE fundus camera employs an intelligent algorithm for this purpose. The phone connects to a lens accessory to make diagnosis possible, much like a professional fundus camera used by doctors.
Together with the specially developed application, the system as a whole is capable of detecting any ophthalmic disease. Vital diagnostic data is collected from the patient and suggested treatment is prescribed, at a fraction of the cost compared to commercial instruments.
The smart system developed in conjunction with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the Yonsei University Health System (YUHS) in Korea, is capable of detecting eye conditions such as partial blindness in early stages, diabetic retinopathy , glaucoma or age. related macular degeneration. The software for the camera system came from the Samsung India-Bangalore Research and Development Institute (SRI-B).
Samsung’s intuitive solution solves the problem of digital waste and cost-effective eye treatment in developing countries. After its success in Vietnam since 2018, when it was first tested with 19,000 Vietnamese residents, it is now all set to expand into India, Morocco and Papua New Guinea.
According to Samsung, in 2019, they provided 90 portable ophthalmoscopes to healthcare professionals in remote regions of Vietnam. The next idea is to create portable colposcopes from Galaxy smartphones to detect cervical cancer and diagnose women’s health.
All of these efforts are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which also includes Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling at Home initiative to use old phones as connected devices.