Diagnosing Ear Infections With a New Smartphone Gadget

By Eliza Strickland

One of the most welcome trends in health care is the emergence of consumer gadgets that can help people deal with their medical needs at home, avoiding the agony of doctors’ offices and, even worse, emergency rooms. The newest entry in field is the Cellscope Oto, a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope, the tool that doctors use to peer into an ear and check out a patient’s eardrum.

Cellscope has just begun selling a pro tool for doctors, but the more interesting development is a consumer version that parents will soon be able to keep in their medicine cabinets, next to their thermometers. …[Read more]