We saw a slew of new innovative technology apps emerge in the market. There are Covid-19 symptom tracker apps in the market that lets you record your symptoms anywhere. These apps let people routinely document the status of their health. Companies have also developed robots that help people maintain sanitization and social distancing amid Covid-19.
Speaking of which, Australian computer scientists from RMIT University have developed a novel Artificial Intelligence-based (AI) model that’s able to hear the effects of Covid-19 in a cough even in asymptomatic people, reports IANS.
“We’ve overcome a major hurdle in the development of a reliable, easily-accessible and contactless preliminary diagnosis tool for Covid-19,” said Xue, Research Fellow in RMIT’s School of Computing Technologies. Scientists further said this advanced AI method that they’ve developed could also be leveraged for other respiratory diseases like tuberculosis.
The report states that this new advancement can help detect infectious disease via diagnostic mobile phone apps. The algorithm for the app has been trained by a team of researchers from RMIT University using self-supervised learning. Researchers accessed datasets including Covid-19 Sounds App and COSWARA for the algorithm.
“This could have a significant benefit in slowing the spread of the virus by those who have no obvious symptoms. A mobile app that can give you peace of mind during community outbreaks or prompt you to seek a Covid test – that’s the kind of innovative tool we need to better manage this pandemic”.