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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The Healthy Cell Phones

Who says cell phones are bad for your health? South Koreans, who consistently push the envelope of cell phone technology, are being offered several services that will allow them to use their mobile phones to keep tabs on their health.

SK Telecom is introducing a "moblie health care phone" that will allow users to monitor their blood sugar, stress and body fat levels by pressing their thumb on a sensor. Rival carrier KTF is offering a phone-based eye exam, which can detect color blindness and even verify corrective lens prescriptions. KTF phones will also include a game that supposedly can measure levels of intoxication. The services will be primarily marketed to middle-aged customers and those who are too busy to make doctor appointments.

Sources: JoongAng Daily, Smart Mobs