The latest in mobile technology…the app that tests your wee

28th February 2013

Mumbai-based entrepreneur Myshkin Ingawale has this week unveiled the most innovative and quite frankly most bizarre development in mobile technology and applications to date – an app that tests your urine samples.

Simply named “UChek”, the app was shown off at this week’s TED (Technology, Education and Design) Conference in Los Angeles, California.  The app will initially launch on iPhone and is currently awaiting approval by the Apple App Store.  It won’t come too cheap but is still affordable – retailing at 99 cents but with another $20 (£13) for chemical strips and a special colour coded map that allows the technology to work.  An Android version is also in development for future release, with other smartphone platforms also possible.

It works by dipping the chemical strips into your urine sample, laying it on the colour-coded map, and then using the app that utilises the iPhone camera.  The app analyses (or Urinalyses) the chemical stick, scanning it for signs of up to 25 different health issues.

Ucheck is capable of detecting conditions such as diabetes (by checking glucose levels), urinary tract infections and pre-clampsia; as well as keeping track of general health.

The app is currently undergoing rigorous testing at King Edward Memorial hospital in Mumbai.  Apparently, out of 1200 sample tests, the app was more accurate than humans at interpreting the chemical strips.

Ingawale is no stranger to the phenomenon of “mHealth”, the GMSA-led development of mobile-based medical solutions that aims to save millions of lives and billions of pounds in costs every year.

As a co-founder of Mumbai med-tech company Biosense, they last year released a portable and needleless anemia screener called TouchHb – or in other words a blood test without the need to take blood.

This all seems to be part of Ingawale’s general vision for the future of healthcare.  He claims he is trying to “democratise healthcare” in an industry that is otherwise based on “propriety, closed hardware and a recurring revenue business model”.

And good luck to him.

Robin James