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May 12, 2009

Cell Phone USB Ultrasound

at 4:48 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets


The power of a modern cell phone is changing how many things are done today. For example I recently heard that the once CPU taxing program Myst was now available for the iPhone. I think I had to upgrade my video card to play that game years ago. Thanks to a Microsoft grant some software was developed to display data from a USB Ultrasound device. This technology allows for cheap portable medical diagnosis. See the full presentation here (PDF).

*Ultra-low-cost probes
  »There is a development project underway to bring the probe cost down to <$400.
*Collaborative Research
  »Invited to Microsoft Research TechFest2009
  »Microsoft Research White Paper
  »Application specific probes
*Open Source USB Probe Software
  »A group at Washington University in St. Louis has begun a semester-log project to produce an open source imaging suite.
*A website for these developments is at http://ultrasound.engineering.wustl.edu"

Via: CellPhones.org


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16 Responses to “Cell Phone USB Ultrasound”

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  2. Michael Saunby Says:

    So pleased someone has done this. From here on all sorts of things could happen.

    Just imagine having an inbuilt ultrasonic transponder in your phone. It could allow you to see at night like a bat. Much longer range and lower energy requirements than a flashlight.

    Though it will take a bit of practice to get good at recognising things.

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  4. Max Power Says:

    I thought it was something else.

  5. Motions Says:

    I’m really afraid to comment on the first photo. 😉

  6. John Says:

    This is a fantastic development, and should absolutely revolutionize prenatal care in developing countries.

    How common is USB host on a phone, I wasn’t aware that any were capable of that and were all just client?

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  9. Jose Ramirez Says:

    I need the price of USB Probe?

  10. Dave Says:

    http://www.interson.com sells the probes for netbooks/notebooks/desktops and for developers with cell phones, right now.

  11. Nokia Cellphones Says:

    I think has made the life easier for mankind.A lot function and work you can do with the help of your cell phones.Thanks

  12. Sally Says:

    I would like to buy the USB Probe, may i know the price?

  13. Geoffrey Says:

    Were can I find a list of cell phones that sell in the US with US Host mode built in

  14. Dave Says:

    There are none for sale in the US that I know of (hence, no list). There are a few being talked about (rumors) that are coming. The Toshiba TG01 being sold in Europe right now has it and phones with similar chipsets are rumored to be coming here from HTC and Acer. Don’t believe it until you see it, however.

  15. Michael Saunby Says:

    Though not a phone the Nokia N810 tablet has host mode and Linux OS. The N900 phone is almost sure to have USB host capability.

  16. Dave Says:

    Michael furthers my point; there are no currently available phones available in the US. And I’ve ready many “reviews” of the N900 that indicate the USB host functionality will not be enabled (most current phones have USB host support, but it’s not “turned on” in the OSes on those phones… and, no, it’s not easy to do via software and if the hardware – such as a power supply – are not there, even harder to make work).

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