Friday, May 06, 2016

Games for Change - MalariaSpot Bubbles

Have you ever had one of those days where you felt like screaming in frustration at everything occurring around you? That's me today. So I'm not going to have the most "gem" worthy of topics for The Geek Spot today, but I'm not going to leave you all hanging. There will be content, come hell or...hell.

There's a new game out called MalariaSpot Bubbles from the Technical University of Madrid. It's part of a larger project titled Spotlab. Taking research and applying it to crowdfunding, the group hopes to find new ways to combat diseases with the help of the population at large in a different medium. Games like Planet Hunters did something similar, and allowed the populous to come up with energy saving solutions that would have taken years for the small team to figure out.

In the game, you are tasked to identify the different types of Malaria strains by popping bubbles. Why is this helpful? In a number of countries access to medical information can be limited. Something as simple as ID-ing a virus is tricky. That's where this game comes in handy. If more people play and can see the different strains of the virus, the more likely they can ID it in a doctor's office and help save lives.

It's a simple concept and has a lot of room to grow. Let's see how the crowdfunding works out.

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