Smartphones Reducing Spread of Malaria

Our dynamic society is continuously improving, especially as new technology is being implemented frequently. Technology, as evident in the past, has proved to help aid humans in more ways than imaginable. With newer technology, humans can instantly connect with one another, use apps, or even gain access to endless amounts of information in seconds. However, despite all this new technology entering our lives, few devices can actually help keep humans healthy or alert humans when something dangerous may be near them.

In India, the majority of the population is falling ill due to the rapid spread of malaria. It has been affecting the people for years, spreading through mosquito bites. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to stay out of a mosquito’s reach, because there is an infinite amount of the species that swarm the country. Additionally, they are extremely small which makes them even harder to detect. Indians have been hoping to stay free of the disease, but a new device just might alleviate everyone’s fears and worries.


The LG K7i uses ultrasonic waves to repeal malaria-spreading mosquitoes. Photo Courtesy of WhatMobile

An android entitled the LG K7i contains ultrasonic waves
in the back of the cellular device that should be able to repel mosquitoes. The waves do not affect humans at all and serve as protection for humans, especially in India, from malaria.

After several trials, India’s International Institute of Biotechnology and Toxicology officially confirmed that the phone was surprisingly able to repel up to 72% of mosquitoes that spread malaria. As it is the first mosquito-repellent phone, the device will hopefully be sold in other countries soon and will cost around $122.

By: Daniella Zunic ’19, Staff Writer

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