Flu Phone Applications on Blue tooth Technology Tracks Infectious Diseases
The meteoric rise of the smartphone and accompanying app really is changing the way we interact with the world around us; every facet of our lives is now influenced in some way by the downloadable little programs.
Whilst the majority of smartphone apps are concerned with killing time or fairly trivial matters such as maps and weather, there are some applications out there that have the potential to save lives.
FluPhone app is an ingenious little package which tracks the interaction within social groups of people to mimic how a possible outbreak of flu would spread as we go about our daily lives, from meet with friends through to where and how we get to work.
Keeping track of our behaviour during a simulated epidemic could help reduce spread of the highly contagious disease. The development team behind the app explained epidemiologists traditionally monitor how a disease spreads by requiring that patients keep a daily record of their movements and locations, this method is obviously fairly difficult to implement and may not be that accurate.
An upgraded version of the FluPhone app has now been released that can transmit "fake pathogens" to volunteers' phones, the team was now able to run "what-if experiments" on the volunteers by randomly choosing which phones should be "infected". We’ve all seen those zombie films where the infection spreads rapidly and causes havoc, it’s basically a less sinister version of that, just replace the zombies with smartphones and you get the idea.
By selling old phones or having phones recycled and then upgrading to a new top of the range smartphone, you will have access to an ever growing number of weird and wonderful apps. The smartphone is changing the way we interact with the world around us and it is now revolutionising the way in which we respond to even the most serious of situations.