IBM SmartCamp Finalist Profile: Skin Scan — Putting Some Skin In The iPhone App Game
Sometimes you look at a mobile app for your iPhone and your Android, and you wonder, how in the world did they come up with that?
That’s what Victor Anastasiu, CEO of Skin Scan, and his associate Mircea Popa, did once while sitting in Anastasiu’s living room in Bucharest a year ago, where they were chatting and having a beer.
They were discussing potential business ideas, and the idea of applying fractal geometry to the problem of skin cancer came up.
Hey, it’s just conversation, right?
Anastasiu explains that though there wasn’t a huge culture of entrepreneurship in Bucharest, he was a co-founder of an incubator hubb there called “Bucharest Hubb,” despite there being little access to the international entrepreneurial scene.
As they brainstormed and started to build an application that uses a mathematical algorithm to calculate the fractal dimension of a mole and surrounding skin, then build a structural map that reveals the different growth patterns of the tissues involved, they knew they had to find a platform that could be effective.
The iPhone was the perfect diagnosis, as it was much more homogeneous than the Android, and the app was perfectly suited to use the iPhone camera.
If Skin Scan processes the map and sees the mole has any abnormal development, it will alert the user to a needed medical visit.
SkinScan’s accuracy rate is currently at 70%, matching up to the average dermatologists’ diagnosis and suggesting that IBM’s own Dr. “Watson” could soon face some diagnostic competition in the healthcare realm.