Or Maybe That Mobile Phone Will Protect You From Germs

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The great thing about technology is that, even when it causes problems, new technologies come along to help solve them. Earlier today we posted a story about mobile phones carrying germs as being a risk — and now we find out about new research that can make use of mobile phones to help prevent it. It’s about using sensors to monitor things like germs or other dangerous health issues, and then having those sensors use the mobile phone to alert the person, or a doctor or a potential problem. While the article focuses on sensors that would go on your clothes, there’s no reason the same sensors couldn’t also be put on the mobile phone — though, it does seem a bit circular to have your mobile phone telling you that your mobile phone has germs. The sensors could also be used for other things, such as suggesting the person needs a nap or to drink more water. However, as with so much mobile these days, it also brings back that moronic and repeatedly discredited idea that it could tie these sensors into location-based spam advertising.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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It’s curious how people that lives in a planet called Earth are so concerned about germs. I mean, it’s unavoidable. People still don’t realize that the slighest of the breezes can trasport millions of bacteria directly to your nose, eyes and mouth without any need of touching anything. The size of bacterias range from 0.2 to 5 microns and viruses from 0.005 to 0.1 microns, so I sincerelly have no idea what can we do to avoid them. Well, you can always wrap yourselves in duct tape. ๐Ÿ™‚ Germs lately are huge business heh?

SmallTwig says:

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Most hurtful germs and virus have to be transported in some sort of medium (water for example) otherwise their shell just breaks down and they die. That’s why people don’t fear those beeze’s. A cell phone could technically take a sample of your skin and see what is on it, however for an accurate reading, it would need to take a blood sample as well. Therefore, the whole cell phone thing is BS. (A micro sensor implanted into your leg would be far more practical.)

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