Windows Phone app Eyenaemia wins Microsoft's 2014 Imagine Cup

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A two person student team from Australia who created a Windows Phone app called Eyenaemia was named as the overall global winner in Microsoft's 2014 Imagine Cup technology competition on Friday.

Medical students Jennifer Tang and Jarrel Seah created the app (not yet released to the public) which is designed to diagnose anemia in patients. In order for the app to work, a "selfie" photo of a person holding a small card filled with colored squares placed next to their eye is taken. The app then takes over as it looks over the image. The team says, "Eyenaemia analyses the conjunctiva and calculates the risk of anaemia, putting years of medical training into the hands of untrained users."

Tang and Seah will receive $50,000 for winning the World Citizenship category in the Imagine Cup world finals, but because the team won the overall competition, they will get something extra: a sit down meeting with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Two other teams won $50,000 each by winning the other two main Imagine Cup categories. Brainy Studio from Russia won the Games category with TurnOn, a 2.5D side scroller centering on a sentient electrical spark who aims to provide electricity to the city. A New Zealand team won the Innovate category with their work on an app called Estimeet, which tells users not only where their friends are currently located online but how long it will take for them to arrive for a meeting.

Microsoft is already making plans for the 2015 Imagine Cup competition, and the world finals will once again take place in the company's home region of Seattle, Washington.

Source: Microsoft


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Windows Phone app Eyenaemia wins Microsoft's 2014 Imagine Cup


Australia is a very diverse country. And it is a great thing...that people from other country can aspire to be someone there....

Australia is a Badass of the week... enough said.

And if you want to laugh, be scared and awed even more, look for the Steve Irwin article in the same site.

Considering the last name is Tang, it is most likely of Chinese origin, although some ethnic Filipino and Korean do have Chinese origin.....

Their surnames are Chinese. So I assume these two are Chinese Australians. By the way, Lau is also a Chinese surname

Or, you know, they're just Australian since the rest of the world generally doesn't go in for the whole prefix-your-nationality-with-your-ancestors'-nationality-if-you're-not-white thing that America does.

In some cases, it's actually helping foster racial harmony. Ethnicity+ nationality, the emphasis is on the latter. If you are in a situation that people in the same race have different nationalities and there are other races like this too, then you will understand why ethnicity can not be ignored. It is quite common in southeast Asia where people are very diverse not only in terms of ethnicity but also nationality

Not only America, but also many other parts of the world. Like the country I'm currently living in (due to its diversity), people do call themselves ethnicity + nationality. It is not acceptable in certain cultures to forget about your ancestry. You can have a different nationality, that's perfectly fine but ancestry is something you should never forget. As far as I can tell, Chinese is one such race

Yup, Lau is a Chinese surname, but only in south China or Hong Kong though (or any area predominantly speaking Cantonese). I believe the proper romanization of the character is Liu in Mandarin

Problem? What do you have in hand to offer to the society while the two 'Chinese' has contributed something to the medical industry?

His direct focus on the characters' race just makes me feel a little bit offensive - like Chinese aren't supposed to win in the competition. But I do hope that this is not what he meant.

I'm wonder how diverse U.S.A. is cause when walk down the street I'll see everyone from different background. I'm myself was born in Australia but Vietnamese background

At least in California, it is extremely diverse. I'm ethnic Chinese but I normaly just say American. There's many people with a very diverse ancestry (I mean like 8 ethnicities) that typicaly say American for simplicity sake.

You know we have had Chinese people in Australia since the 1850's and identify as Australian not as Chinese right??!! Who cares....over here we do not care where your ancestry is from, you are an Aussie. End of story.....stop trying to pretend you know how we work over here unless you live here too! :P

Yes indeed, but Chinese is also meaning ethnicity while Australian only refers to nationality. In some parts of the world, like southeast east Asia, when people hear the word"Chinese" they usually associated it with ethnicity not nationality. If they want to describe someone from China, then they will call a person"China Man/Lady..." o "PRC Chinese"

What does this have to do with reading she said "when they are available" read the comment

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This is the first I've heard of this competition? When was the deadline, who was eligible? No news coverage? I'll Bing it.

It's a competition for students (I thing it's an annual thing, with several rounds - pre-selection, selection, training, etc...). I don't remember exactly but people from the computer science school I studied at won it a couple of years ago.

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The turnon app has a demo in the store there is supposedly a headset thing you can use with it to use two phones at once or something for an oculus vr type of effect. There was also another game puppy in a bubble that's cute from a team from Egypt that's in the store

Putting 'years of medical knowledge into the hands of untrained users' isn't a good idea. We're breeding a generation of hypochondriacs.

If you believe you may be ill, go to a doctor. Sheesh.

Yes its a bit of a blasé statement, not one they should be bandying around in conjunction with this app, as it will not be seen favourably by the medical world. Maybe it should "help doctors diagnose potential anaemia sufferers without resorting to expensive tests."

I'm also really curious as to what efficacy they claim for this app. Don't get me wrong, I'm proud of fellow Aussie med students who are interested in tech, being all three myself as well, and I do believe in technology assisting medical management for both doctors and patients in the future, but... their benefits should not be overstated, I feel.

In this case, for instance, I'm curious as to how diagnostic or prognostic the conjunctiva alone could really be for anæmia risk, given all the other peripheral stigmata (e.g. palmar creases, nail beds) and other signs of anæmia that would be missed, and even all the different types and causes of various anæmias which couldn't be distinguished by conjunctival pallor alone. Even the most common type (iron deficiency anæmia) would need blood parameters.

It may be more like a screener, trying to exclude those without anæmia (though only by a high probability, not absolute) rather than being used as a diagnostic tool.

For article like this the first comment always should be READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE COMMENTING

It's spelled "anaemia" in British English, if that's what you're getting at.


EDIT: nope, you're right.  It's actually called Eyeanemia.  Missed a trick with Eyenemia if you ask me.

I think the trick with Eyenaemia is: Eye because it Works with the camera and (A)Naemia is for its use to reveal if someone has an anaemia risk

This kind of prizes should be more often than a year circle in order to motivate more truly innovate developers. Congratulations to the winner and Microsoft within their partners

Being myself too medical student - I feel proud of these two genious medical student. Keep it up :)

Man, I searched and searched the app store and can't find the app?...is it Android only?....JUST Kidding, I read the article....sorry, feeling a bit obnoxious today!:)

I think the user interface of the first app is not beautiful. It looks like the UI of a game like Halo.

lol I'm guessing the author is using American English (as this is a US based site).....semantics at the end of the day....

Wow. With a name like Martinio, are you a pasta eater? Or a tortilla eater? Although, you could be Hungarian, as well...

My ancestors are from Ireland and Britain on one side, Italy and Africa on the other side, yet I'm a major league rice eater living in Southern California. My favorite fast food? Sushi from a nearby Asian supermarket.

So grow up. Lose the stereotypes. And applaud the achievement of two students who have developed a tool that can help someone realize they need to see a doctor and address a serious health issue.


ow! I would like this technology and app. I could use it in my medical field, certainly if it is as practical, cost-effective, reliable and valid as regular blood-work. Would be even nicer if the gradient of anemie could be translated by a number. That would even prove to have clinical significance! Very interesting. I think this will probably only work with high end smartphones that would have a minimum amount of megapixels, After all we re talking about comparing subtle color variations. In a laboratory findings may work and lighting conditions may be ideal, but in the field the app and camera would probably have to be calibrated.

minor inconvience to have to always carry color calibration card,do you suppose the app could be done so you only needed to run color calibration once on your phone and app saves data or does ambient light mess it up so you have to recalibrate every time?