Science has found a new, much more health-driven use for the handheld flash drive.
According to Gizmodo, UK-based scientists have created a USB stick that can measure the amount of HIV in a patient’s blood. The device was reportedly created at the Imperial College London, where scientists worked to develop the revolutionary product. The USB works by analyzing the HIV-1 levels — more specifically, the acidity — in a small drop of blood. Once the blood is extracted, the device creates an electrical signal that’s fed into a computer, tablet or phone.
The results thus afar are impressive: The test, which can be completed in less than 30 minutes, showed a 95% accuracy rate. Current HIV tests can take up to three days. Though the device is still in its early stages, it could change the way in which the entire disease is detected and monitored.