Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dang, There IS An App for Everything!

Scientists (respected scientists, even!) have received $6.5 million pounds (about $10.2 million US) from the British government to develop a rapid urine STD test - for your PHONE.

And I thought Grindr was clever!

Instead of peeing on your phone, which would be a great way to throw a couple hundred bucks down the drain, you would pee on a little device (similar to a pregnancy test) that you could then plug in to your phone.  Results are to be ready in minutes, and each unit should only cost about $2 USD!

handheld stress goes 21st century!!

I couldn't find specific information about which STDs these would test for, exactly, but I'm guessing it's gonorrhea and chlamydia, which are commonly detected with urine samples.

The research team is hoping the tests will be used by young people who are too embarrassed to go to the doctor for testing.  I do see one potential issue, though...if the test comes back positive, it's not like there's an antibiotic app that comes along with it.  People will eventually have to go to the doctor.

But whatever, knowing you have a contagious infection is more likely to get you in than suspecting you do, and I give this two big thumbs up.  Go England!

1 comment:

  1. Geez, talk about slut phone. I mean, there's always trade-offs when choosing a cell phone... "I can live with a smaller screen, I just need to test for STD's twice a day and check my email."