General Electric has now been awarded the NIH or National Institute of Health grant to develop tiny sensors that can detect the presence of the Covid-19 virus. GE Research has delved into the area of developing miniaturized sensors that can deliver results on par with similar high-end, large analytical instruments you usually see in labs.
GE will be developing these sensors for smartphones or even smaller devices. It has been some time when phones are being used to deal against covid whether it be tracking covid affected population or active cases but if GE is successful in developing this sensor then we can detect the virus in real-time.
Radislav Potyrailo, a principal scientist at GE Research has said “Our sensors are sort of like bloodhounds. We train them to detect a specific thing, and they are able to do that well without being thrown off the trail by something else.”
The device may not be able to cure those affected by the virus but it will surely be able to help reduce the number of cases.
The GE team will be spending the next two years refining this fingertip-sized sensor that can be installed in smartphones and such devices with the help of NIH grant. There is no guarantee that we will see this in our smartphones soon but we can hope that one day we will only need our smartphones to scan for Covid-19 or like flu particles.