August 2, 2013 AT 2:00 am

Cradle and app turn smartphone into biosensor

Smartphone cradle, app detect toxins, bacteria

The handheld biosensor was developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A series of lenses and filters in the cradle mirror those found in larger, more expensive laboratory devices. Together, the cradle and app transform a smartphone into a tool that can detect toxins and bacteria, spot water contamination and identify allergens in food.

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