Mobile phones create new opportunities for microbiology research and clinical applications

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Smartphones have been in our lives since the beginning of 2000s. By the end of 2015, 2 billion people across the world had a smartphone and the penetration rate of smartphones is expected to further increase to cover approximately 80% of the world population by 2020 [1]. Smartphones are equipped with a variety of advanced sensors such as digital cameras, microphones and accelerometers, among others [2]. Together with their cost–effectiveness, wide-spread use, computational power and connectivity, mobile phones have the potential to transform traditional uses of imaging, sensing and diagnostic systems, especially for point-of-care applications and field settings.

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