Special Issue "Hacking Consumer Electronics for Biosensing"

A special issue of Biosensors (ISSN 2079-6374). This special issue belongs to the section "Biosensor and Bioelectronic Devices".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022 | Viewed by 471

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. En Te Hwu
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Guest Editor
Department of Health Technology, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Lyngby, Denmark
Interests: consumer hardware hacking for scientific research
Prof. Dr. Hua-Zhong “Hogan” Yu
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
Interests: mobile electronics for biosensing; analytical electrochemistry; surface chemistry for biochips and beyond

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Hacking consumer electronics for biosensing is an unorthodox approach, which might be more complicated than using standard research-grade parts. However, leveraging the billions of USD invested, mass-produced, high-quality, and low-cost components in consumer electronics leads to many benefits, such as higher performance, shorter time-to-market, and lower production cost. This approach has resulted in high value-adding technologies/patents and has given birth to startup companies easily. For example, consumer electronics hacking-based biosensing research uses a Blu-ray drive for disease diagnostics, became a startup (BluSense Diagnostics), and is nominated for the 2021 European Inventor Award.

Furthermore, the consumer electronics hacking-based publication generally attracts more attention and citation than a regular research paper due to the low cost and because off-the-shelf consumer electronics are easy to access from well-funded for resource researchers worldwide. This Special Issue is to honor your hacking work, and we wish to build up a consumer hardware hacking community that can give birth to the world’s first scientific journal for consumer electronics hacking based research.

All the biosensing researches using consumer electronics as core parts of the sensor are welcome! 

Prof. Dr. En Te Hwu
Prof. Dr. Hua-Zhong “Hogan” Yu
Guest Editors

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  • consumer electronics
  • hardware hacking
  • mobile apps
  • optical drives
  • office scanners
  • smartphones

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