Shelly Palmer Radio Report – January 13, 2014

Would a pocket-sized cholesterol monitor keep you from Super Sizing your next meal? Scientists from Cornell University have created the smartCARD, which lets you check your cholesterol through your iPhone. The smartCARD – which stands for smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics – clips onto the top of your phone over the camera. It features a slot where you put in a standard test strip with a drop of your blood. After feeding the strip into the device, a built-in flash evenly lights it while your iPhone snaps a picture. A companion app then analyzes the image and provides an exact cholesterol reading. The whole process only takes about a minute. The scientists said the device is ready to market in its current form, but they want to develop it further. It currently only measures total cholesterol, but the team is working to differentiate between “good” and “bad” cholesterol. smartCARD is a great evolution in the Quantified Self movement, and will help us keep our health and wellness goals right on track.

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Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).

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