Editorial: A New Home for “Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices” Journal
The original intent of academic publication to disseminate information and findings to the community for scientific progress has taken different twists and turns particularly in the last few decades. With the Internet, there is now the option of E-publications, and more recently, open access publishing to make articles freely available to readers. No longer are the articles restricted to subscribing academics, but now also to the general public. Yet, one should not forget that the institutionalization of academic research, particularly for science and technology, also included publications as a performance indicator of the research findings, and its value.
Author: Samuel Ken-En Gan <<< Published on: 26 April 2018
Commentary: Augmented Reality Scientific Phone Apps –making the APD AR Holistic Review app and using existing AR apps for scientific publications
The average scientific publication is not the most palatable of reading materials, especially to those not in the relevant disciplines. Yet, conveying scientific concepts easily is precisely what scientific publications are meant to do. Imagine what the use of video pictures/paintings as depicted in the Harry Potter movie series can do to make things easier!
Author: Poh JJ et al <<< Published on: 02 October 2018
A Review of Apps for Programming: programming languages and making apps with apps
With the latest technologies enabling smartphones to work like mini computers, there are now numerous opportunities to use smartphones for the development of mobile apps. Given the multiple Operating Systems (OS) available, there is a significant demand for apps for the various platforms. To meet this demand, some apps exist to impart the necessary knowledge to make apps, while others make the programming of apps possible on these devices. Surveying both the Google Play and Apple App stores, there are a plethora of such programming apps, classified based on the various languages. Since it is the smartphone/IoT revolution that is fueling demand for apps, it is exciting that apps are itself, part of the solution. This review discusses programming languages, their uses, the functions, and the potential and limitations of the phenomenon of using apps to make apps.
Author: Wu WL et al <<< Published on: 26 January 2019
Remote objects detection and mapping using Radio Frequency with a Nexus 5X Smartphone
In this paper, we present an alternate use of smartphone technology for RF detection and analysis. With minimal modification to the original Smartphone hardware, i.e. Wifi, Bluetooth and XBee add-on, as well as using firmware algorithmic modifications to the smartphone (using Linux Plasma Mobile Distro), the aim is to have the most precise objects detection and positioning system.
Authors: Jonathan Bar-Magen and Zeev Zalevsky Published on: 30 January 2019
The APD Skin Monitoring App for wound monitoring: Image processing, area plot, and colour histogram
Being often irregular in shape, accurate measurements of wounds are often challenging. Tracing or length measurement by the longest dimension are often inaccurate and timeconsuming to carry out. Yet, proper wound area monitoring is essential for wound care. Instead of multiple clinical visits, which also increase the burden on health care systems and the associated expenses, patients can take the responsibility for their own wound progress. To allow for better decisions based on more quantitatively accurate data and address the problems mentioned, the “APD Skin Monitoring” app was created for patient self-monitoring of wounds through the automated area calculation, area graph plotting, and colourimetric analysis functions. With automated features, patients and even clinical staff can better utilize their smartphones for wound care. In this article, we describe the image processing optimization to improve the automated wound detection and demonstrated the use of the app using wound images from a patient volunteer.
Republication – GelApp: Mobile gel electrophoresis analyser
GelApp is a free mobile application that automatically detects and quantifies gel electrophoresis bands for “on-the-go” gel documentation. It facilitates quantitative biological research by providing more accurate band sizes. Through the novel implementation of Gabor filters, faint bands can be better detected from noisy backgrounds than conventional image analysis methods. Plotting the marker standard as a logarithmic (log) graph, the sample band sizes are calculated more accurately. Combined, these features help increase the productivity and accuracy of gel electrophoresis analysis that every scientist can carry in their pockets.
Author: Sim JZ et al <<< Published on: 23 December 2019
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