Marcin Ignac

Piddle

Piddle is an iPhone app for urine test strip analysis.

Using urine test strips can be hard, even for a professional. It requires focus, good timing, handling many things at the same time, but more importantly, the ability to accurately compare colors. Piddle guides you through the process, takes, and tracks the test results. It explains the meaning of each result and shows how your values fall within normal ranges. The results are stored and can be shared with your doctor. - Ian / Line

The first version of Piddle was programmed in 24 hours at Health Hack Day in Stockholm on a weekend in May 2012 and received first prize. The core team developing the app was Ian Jorgensen (code + design), Pau Ramon (app code), Marcin Ignac (image processing code) and received enormous help and support from Sara Krugman, Kat Zorina, Hideaki Matsui in the initial concept and design pase.

Tech

The whole application was build in HTML and JavaScript and deployed on iOS using PhoneGap. Because of this setup the tracker was also implemented in JavaScript using Canvas API. We were concerned about the potential performance problems but HTML5 related technologies proved us wrong again.

Analysis

In order to find the values represented by all colors on the marker we have to make following steps:

Preparation

Image processing (as illustrated below)

The resulting maker detector was working in realtime on iPhone 4 given us results not worse that average human beginner but in much more relaxed process (no competing about time).

Find more information about the project at http://linehq.com.

Hackaton

Team hacking late at night and Ian with his first cup of pee for testing