For his graduating thesis at the Department of Industrial Design at University of Technology Eindhoven, Jan van der Asdonk dreamed up a novel idea for a product to visualize a flu for people with an ongoing disease. Inside a special capsule would be bioluminescent bacteria that would light up inside a transparent chamber when exposed to influenza virions. It’s always proper to get a good eye on your enemy.
The product, called fluDOC, uses genetically modified bioluminescent bacteria to visualize traces of the influenza virus in humans. This is done using a tool collecting saliva and liquid capsules of these bacteria. The bacteria are specially modified to become sensitive to influenza, as they stop emitting their continuous flow of bioluminescence upon infection, ultimately visualizing within 15 minutes the presence of influenza among humans. In short: it allows you to illuminate your influenza.