Researchers at MIT’s Little Devices Lab have developed a set of modular blocks that can be put together in different ways to produce diagnostic devices.
These “plug-and-play” devices, which require little expertise to assemble, can test blood glucose levels in diabetic patients or detect viral infection, among other functions.
The system was demonstrated in a paper published in Advanced Healthcare Materials, whereby the researchers showed how the Ampli blocks can form standard paperfluidic devices, without the need for external instrumentation.
Phillips, E. A., Young, A. K., Albarran, N., Butler, J., Lujan, K., Hamad-Schifferli, K., & Gomez-Marquez, J. (2018). Ampli: A Construction Set for Paperfluidic Systems. Advanced Healthcare Materials. doi:10.31224/osf.io/2qey3