Scalable Health Labs

Towards Bio-Behavioral Medicine


A self-use retinal imaging system for eye screening

Adam Samaniego, Vivek Boominathan, Ashok Veeraraghavan,¬†Ashutosh Sabharwal, mobileVision: A Face-mounted, Voice-activated, Non-mydriatic Lucky Ophthalmoscope, in Wireless Health ’14.

Adam Samaniego, Jason Porter, Ashutosh Sabharwal, Michael Twa, Ashok Veeraraghavan, mobileVision: Towards a patient-operable, at-home, non-mydriatic retinal imaging system“, in Journal of Vision, Vol. 13, No. 15, 2013.


Adam Samaniego, Graduate Student, ECE

Ashok Veeraraghavan, Assistant Professor, ECE

Ashutosh Sabharwal, Professor, ECE

THE PROBLEM: An estimated 61 million adults in the U.S. are at high risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months[ health/basic_information/fast_facts.htm]. We believe this unmet need can be addressed through comprehensive eye screening. However, conventional retinal cameras are big, bulky, and expensive, which makes them unsuitable for widespread screening applications.

OUR SOLUTION Through the co-design of optical hardware with image processing software such as retinal image registration, fusing, and stitching, the mobileVision prototype enables robust visualization of the retinal from a physically compact device suitable for screening applications.


  • March 2015 : Rice News article spreads virally –, ACM TechNews, the Engineer,
  • 2014 : Participated in the NSF I-Corps entrepreneurship bootcamp program, proposal I-Corps: TEAMS-MobileVision from Advanced Vision Labs
  • October 2014 : Presented at Wireless Health 2014, Smartphone Based Retinal Imaging
  • January 2013 : MobileVision was published in Journal of Vision, Vol. 13, No. 15.
  • Spring 2012 : MobileVision wins Texas Instrument’s Engibous Prize at the 2012 Analog Design Contest.
  • 2012 : Rice University Undergraduate Research Symposium: Best project in engineering
  • 2012 : Rice University ECE Corporate Affiliates Day: Best Undergraduate Demo
  • 2011 : Project starts as undergraduate research in Ashu’s lab