Samsung unveiled the Eyelike fundus camera which is designed to turn older Galaxy smartphones into ophthalmic equipment
Samsung unveiled the Eyelike fundus camera which is designed to turn older Galaxy smartphones into ophthalmic equipment that can help diagnose eye diseases. The latest gadget is part of Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling project, which aims to convert older Galaxy smartphones into medical diagnosis cameras. Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling software has also extended to India, Vietnam, Morocco, and Papua New Guinea. In South Korea, the software was launched in 2017 with the aim of repurposing older phones.
The Eyelike handheld fundus camera attaches to a lens attachment and analyses and diagnoses ophthalmic diseases using an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm on older Samsung Galaxy smartphones. It links to an app to collect patient information and recommend a care plan.
The fundus camera is said to help provide diagnoses at a fraction of the cost of commercial instruments since it uses an existing Galaxy smartphone as its brain for screening patients.
The fundus camera, according to Samsung, can detect conditions that can lead to blindness, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. Under the Galaxy Upcycling initiative, the company partnered with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and Yonsei University Health System (YUHS) in Korea to create the device. Samsung R&D Institute India-Bangalore (SRI-B) also contributed to the creation of the fundus camera’s software.
“By integrating multiple optical technologies and artificial intelligence with the camera output of a Galaxy smartphone, we were able to create an inexpensive medical system that was just as capable as a professional fundus camera. In a prepared statement, Dr. Sangchul Yoon of Yonsei University Health System said, “This not only solved a health problem, but it also resolved a growing environmental concern.”
In 2019, the Eyelike fundus camera made its debut at the Samsung Developer Conference. It was first prototyped in Vietnam in 2018, and it is estimated that over 19,000 people have benefited from it since then. Samsung issued 90 portable ophthalmoscopes to health professionals in remote areas of the world in 2019.
Samsung is extending the Galaxy Upcycling program to India, Morocco, and Papua New Guinea, in addition to Vietnam. The company is also expanding its medical camera production capabilities to include new screening fields, such as using upcycled Galaxy cameras to build smartphone-based portable colposcopes to test for cervical cancer and increase women’s access to quality health care.
Sung-Koo Kim, Vice President, Sustainability Management Office, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, said, “This program embodies Samsung’s conviction that technology will improve people’s lives and help us create a more equitable and sustainable future for everyone.”
Samsung’s contribution to the 2030 Plan for Sustainable Development is expressed in the Galaxy Upcycling initiative. In January, the company also released Galaxy Upcycling at Home, which aims to make older phones reusable as connected devices.