iCancer? New App Shows Smokers Their Lungs

Trying to quit smoking? There’s an app for that. London marketing firm SapientNitro has just unveiled a new app that shows smokers a custom digital representation of their lungs.

AR Lungs asks users how long they’ve been smoking and how many cigarettes they smoke each day, then generates an image of their respiratory system. But the AR — which stands for “augmented reality” — also allows users to superimpose these digital lungs onto their own photo using a web cam.

“Whereas a nonsmoker will see healthy, pink lungs, someone who has smoked 15 cigarettes a day for 17 years, for example, would see a visual representation of the damage and discoloration their smoking has caused,” reports Springwise.com.

While AR Lungs is no substitute for a doctor’s diagnosis, its developers consulted medical experts to create realistic graphics for the app. As Springwise points out, people who are in denial about the ill effects of tabacco can use AR Lungs to visualize the damage that smoking may have done to their lungs. By individualizing the image, the app may serve as a more effective motivator than similar graphics designed to encourage quitting.

Hopefully version 2.0 can include a digital cardiovascular system, a mouth and throat and other people.

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Past Member 3 years ago

It’s really very informative that I wanted ever, thanks for this.
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Krys O.
Krys O6 years ago

Mrs S............you must be a drinker as you forgot the stats on drinking and the huge related costs of dollars and lives.
Phil w.......thank you for helping to straighten the disinformation curve.

Latonya W.
Latonya W6 years ago

good idea....

Aoife L.
Aoife L6 years ago

great idea

Simon V.
Simon V6 years ago

Interesting, those pictures might affect smokers a lot more than words

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare6 years ago

Sorrrry, I wanted to say Rob and Jay B. XD
Totally ruined your names *embarrased*

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare6 years ago

You are right, Job and Ray B, but the difference between drinkers and smokers is that drinkers can choose to hurt themselves only, while smokers hurt us all. A drinker could choose to sit in his house all by himself and drink all day long, and thus it is only his brain and his health and his time that will be wasted. A smoker, on the other hand, will eventually hurt us all, and hurt our environment as that disgusting smoke will one way or another reach us, and then he will waste everyone's health, everyone's natural resources, everyone's money and everyone's time on this planet.

Sandy Crute
Sandy Crute6 years ago

A.B. Ur right don't wana know.

Barbara S.

I agree with Phil W.

Rob and Jay B.
Jay S6 years ago

Now if they can just do the same thing and show braindead drinkers their brains, throats, stomachs, livers, pancreases, skin, nerves, breasts, prostates et al that are all damaged by alcohol, but that would upset too many people as alcohol is still somewhat socially acceptable, but that's changing, fortunately.

Alcohol, a mind altering addictive drug, that kills 6 times more people worldwide each year than all other drugs combined, is now where smoking was 30 years ago. But now that research is focusing more and more on its dangerous health effects and the awful social/criminal costs, it is only a matter of time.

Over 70% of USAmericans say alcohol has negatively affected their lives. That's all the 'research' needed to ban this disgusting drug. Second hand alcohol harms and kills more people than second hand smoke ever will. Denial is part of the alcohol problem syndrome.