Just the moment when you think technology has reached its absolute peak, you’d surely get one more thing that pushes beyond limits and set another standard for some others to beat. In absolute terms, i am inclined to infer that technology has no limits. You’d know why in a little time.
The newest thing a smartphone can carryout now is to test your sperm quality, yes you heard right. It can actually let you know if you’re suffering from infertility or not.
The aim of the technology as described in the journal Science Translational Medicine is to make it easier and cheaper for men to test their sperm at home. Okay, so this would be sure to cause a lot of tension amongst couples.
“We wanted to come up with a solution to make male infertility testing as simple and affordable as home pregnancy tests,” these were the words of co-author Hadi Shafiee, who is a doctor in the division of engineering in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“Men have to provide semen samples in these rooms at a hospital, a situation in which they often experience stress, embarrassment, pessimism and disappointment.”
The new test, surely, “can analyse a video of an undiluted, unwashed semen sample in less than five seconds”.
The smartphone-based device detected abnormal semen samples — based on World Health Organisation thresholds on sperm concentration and motility — with an accuracy of 98 percent while the cost of the materials used to assemble it measures up to US$4.45 (S$6.23).
Now, I know for sure that you are absolutely convinced that technology can take us to very great heights. If a smartphone can actually do this, then I think that the name should be called “smarter phone”, because it actually is smarter.
Though the device has not been released to the public yet, just brace up and prepare, because its coming.