The LifeLens app is a new app from the LifeLens project designed to test for malaria. The app was created as a more accurate way to test for malaria as current testing techniques have a 60 percent false positive rate.
That's a lot of false positives, especially with a disease so deadly. The LifeLens app works by taking a picture of a blood stained with a malaria-detecting chemical. The picture of the slide is then analyzed by the app, which differentiates between the amount of red blood cells and the amount of malaria cells, if any. The app then assigns the slide a case number and sends its findings off to a database where it is put on a map that can be viewed from the app.
I am a huge fan of my Angry Birds and Pandora apps, but it is nice to see people creating an app that provides something more meaningful than mindless entertainment. If you are interested in watching the app in action, then check out the video here.