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Tokyo telemessage stops pager services as of October 1, 2019


Paging has not been found in Indonesia since a dozen years ago. But in Japan, the last pager used [was there last October 1. It was Tokyo Telemessage, the last remaining pager service provider, that had decided to stop. The beeper they served rang for the last time on Tuesday (1/10). Less than 1,500 customers survived, most of them workers in the health sector.


The last general customer is Ken Fujikura, who continues to use a pager because his 80-year-old mother only wants to be contacted with this gadget.

"Because my mother only knows my pager number, it is definitely the only one who contacted me," Ken Fujikura was quoted as saying on the BBC website.

For those who don't know, a pager is a device with a small screen for receiving messages. Each pager has a unique number like a cellphone. To send a message, the user must call a switchboard that is converted by humans or machines into text.

Developed since the 1950s, pagers gained popularity in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1996, Tokyo Telemessage had 1.2 million subscribers.

Then came the cellphone that really made the pager position knocked out. However, there are still users though very few. Aside from Japan, the National Health Service in the UK still uses 130,000 pagers. However, the plan is to stop using it in 2021.

Detection of Eye Disease with Cradle

Researchers are currently developing an application that can detect eye disease by capturing photos from a smartphone application.

Reporting from the Engadget page, Friday (4/10), the application is named Cradle (Computer Assisted Detector of Leukoria). This application uses machine learning to look for signs of 'white eyes' that are the beginning of disease, just by going through a photo.


This application can later detect several possible eye diseases, such as retinoblastoma or eye cancer, cataracts and other conditions.

This application has been tested by trying 53 thousand photos of 40 children. Where half of the photos have eye disease. Of the thousands of photos, the application also embedded with an artificial intelligence system has found 16 cases that on average have suffered before getting a doctor's diagnosis.

This application does not look at age, as noted by IEEE Spectrum. Although it is maximized for children, it is possible for adults to use this Cradle.

Cradle is already available on the Google Play Store and iOS for free. However the developer of this application reminds users to still go to a specialist doctor to get more definitive answers and treatment. (kho / opi)

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