FU Malaria - Open Source Computer Vision Platform for the Detection of Malaria and other Blood diseases
Last year my engineer FV and I (@Mikenicholls88) spent a summer working on a skunk works project to train OpenCV to detect Malaria in blood cells.
Actual working output, blood cells with red border, Malaria shown with Black rings/outlines.
You can see a live demo here FU Working Demo Site
We had a vision of using a low cost computing device like a Raspberry Pi or Intel Joule to power a low cost portable Microscope <$300 that could use computer vision to detect Malaria and other diseases. (Mockup below)
Malaria kills 500,000-750,000 people a year, many of them young children and elderly. It often occurs in remote places that lack access to modern pathology services and so diagnosis is difficult and misdiagnosis is common.
We worked in the startup team of Intellectual Ventures Invention Development Fund and we prototyped a lot of projects but this one wasn't officially sanctioned :) and ended up getting dropped.
The good news is that the new team at http://xinova.com/ have kindly contributed this project to our company Visimagic Inc and we are making it available to the world to help reduce Malaria transmission.