Samsung Is Repurposing Older Galaxy Phones as Affordable Eye-Care Tools

Samsung had introduced the Galaxy Upcycling program back in 2017. The aim was to reuse old Galaxy devices in innovative ways. Thus, currently, Samsung is reusing old galaxy devices to develop low-cost, human eye diagnostic tools.

Here’s the official blog post from Samsung.

Turning Old Samsung Galaxy Phones into Affordable Eye Care Tools

The Galaxy Upcycling Program leads to Samsung developing a portable eye-diagnosis device that can detect several ophthalmic conditions leading to blindness.

Samsung repurposes old galaxy phones into eyecare tools
Samsung Eyelike Fundus Camera | Image: Samsung

The compact Eyelike Fundus Camera connects to an older Galaxy device using a lens attachment. The smartphone is the processing unit of the device and the Fundus Camera captures the images of the patients’ eyes.

The captured images are then sent to an app on the smartphone that uses artificial intelligence (AI)-based algorithms to analyze the images for ophthalmic diseases.

Following the detection of any vision-related disease, the app even provides a treatment regimen for the patients. And all of this comes

“at a fraction of the cost of commercial instruments,”

thanks to repurposed Galaxy phones.

“This program embodies Samsung’s belief that technology can enrich people’s lives and help us build a more equitable and sustainable future for all,”

said Sung-Koo, the VP of Sustainability Management Office at Samsung.

Samsung repurposes old galaxy phones into eyecare tools
Image Courtesy: Beebom
Doctors in India Using Repurposed Galaxy Phones to Screen Patients for Ophthalmic Diseases | Image: Samsung

Samsung states that it partnered with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and Yonsei University Health System (YUHS) to help more than 19,000 Vietnamese residents with its portable retinal camera. Now, with the introduction of the new Eyelike Fundus Camera, Samsung plans to bring the program to India as well.

Featured Image Courtesy : Beebom

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