Earlier this year Samsung launched the Galaxy Upcycling program. It is based on the recycling of old smartphone models. The difference is that they are not broken down into parts, but have found new uses for the equipment.
The South Korean manufacturer showcased its solutions at the CES 2021 Virtual Technology Expo. Although the old smartphone models no longer meet the requirements of applications and even operating systems, they can still be used as other types of devices. Some people use them as home cameras, while others add them to PCs Resource monitor.
In addition to gadgets, outdated smartphone models can also be used in the ophthalmology industry. Samsung has developed low-cost ophthalmic test equipment in cooperation with the International Blindness Prevention Agency and Yonsei University in South Korea.
Due to the low production cost, Galaxy smartphones equipped with appropriate equipment are an ideal solution for medical institutions in countries/regions with low national income. The new solution has been implemented in Vietnam, India, Morocco and Papua New Guinea.
This new technology uses Samsung smartphones as the “operating brain” of the EYELIKE handheld camera. The whole situation looks like a tripod with a camera connected to a smartphone. Galaxy plays an important role here because these chips use artificial intelligence algorithms to analyze and diagnose eye diseases. A special application will record patient data and suggest potential treatment processes.
According to Samsung, EYELIKE functions like a professional research instrument, except that its cost is only a small part of commercial equipment. The camera can detect the following diseases: diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma or macular degeneration.