Samsung launched the Galaxy Upcycling program in 2017 to reuse older Galaxy devices in innovative ways. Today, to help eye care communities in low- and middle-income regions of the world, the Korean giant has launched a new initiative. Samsung is now reusing older Galaxy smartphones to develop affordable eye care tools.
The announcement was made in an official blog post of the company. In this article, Samsung explains that about 2.2 billion people worldwide suffer from some form of visual impairment. Unfortunately, More than half of these cases could be prevented if patients had affordable and reliable eye care tools and services.
Today, Samsung is using the old Galaxy devices and its new Eyelike Fundus portable camera, which was presented at the Samsung Developer Conference in 2019, to create an affordable eye diagnostic tool. The result is a portable eye diagnostic device that can detect several ophthalmic conditions that can lead to blindness.
The operation of this Samsung device is quite simple. The Eyelike Fundus compact camera connects to an older Galaxy camera with a lens. The smartphone then acts as the “brain” of the device and the eye background camera captures images of patients’ eyes.
The captured images are then sent to an app on the smartphone that uses algorithms based on artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze images and detect ophthalmic diseases. After detecting a vision-related disease, the app even offers a treatment regimen to patients. And all this “at a fraction of the cost of commercial instruments” thanks to converted Galaxy smartphones.
An excellent initiative by Samsung
“This program embodies Samsung’s belief that technology can enrich people’s lives and help us build a more equitable and sustainable future for all,” said Sung-Koo, vice president of the Sustainability Management Office at Samsung.
Samsung says it has partnered with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the Yonsei University Health System (YUHS) to help more than 19,000 Vietnamese residents with its portable retinal camera. Now, with the introduction of the new Eyelike Fundus camera, the company has announced that it will expand its Galaxy Upcycling program to other countries such as India, Morocco and Papua New Guinea.
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