Smartphones are invading every nook and corner of our life. Now, the devices will also nurse you proper. A researcher and his team from the National Institute of Health is in the process of developing an app that can spot your medicine with just a snap.
The image -analysis software developed by Jesus Caban is capable of analyzing the shape, color and imprint of a pill from an image. It then gives an answer comparing the collected features with the database. All these will happen within seconds.
The simple technique can easily be applied to a smartphone by adding the app to it. What else do you need?
In busy surroundings like that of a hospital, this might well prevent mixing up of pills. But with the limited choice of colors, it’s still a question how far it can work accurate.
There are websites like Drugs.com and WebMD to help you with your doubts on pills. But it isn’t easy to precisely type in that alien like names of medicines.
Caban and team have already tested the software by taking snaps of 568 pills that are widely used. According to their tests, the software gives 91 percent accurate results, even when the photos are taken from various angles.
The team is preparing to present the software at the International Conference on Image processing in Orlando. There are no doubts that this app will and must improve in near future.