There is more and more interest (almost obsession) in monitoring one's health at home, but there are some things that not even the most advanced current smartwatch can detect.
Everything comes from the stethoscope, a precious ally of the trusted doctor. Disposable pedometers followed, popular with athletes of the past. Some body parameters were then also detected by fitness trackers and finally by smartwatches. Today, wearable devices can track and monitor a variety of vital signs such as heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and even heart rhythm. A great thing, because they can alert the wearer of potential problems they might not otherwise have known about.
And the doctors? Are they watching?
It's not that people aren't interested in going to doctors per se. Many people are hesitant due to the expense and inconvenient processes involved. They wouldn't bother with regular checkups with healthcare professionals if there was a convenient and easier way to keep track of their health at home. This is why it seems like the perfect scenario for this "Super Stethoscope".
Of course, calling it a stethoscope can be confusing, because after all it doesn't look anything like the iconic medical instrument. A deliberate choice, since the use of a normal stethoscope can produce emotional and psychological blocks. Again: there are few things you can do with a stethoscope alone and without training: most of its functions require additional tools, such as a blood pressure device.
A super stethoscope for everyone
This Super Stethoscope should be sufficient to detect a variety of heart signals, such as those of the heart. This device would be able to detect a range of heart problems by taking ECG and heart sound readings. The technology and science behind this gadget are currently protected by a number of patents filed in both Japan and the United States.
The name of the Super Stethoscope contrasts with its appearance. The shape (fruit of the design by Studio Seiki) resembles a bar of soap (or a stone), and is intended to convey sensations of warmth and delicacy from a device that should be used for medical applications. It might also allay some of people's anxiety and fear before they go to the doctor.