The iPhone has become an ubiquitous device, and being present almost everywhere you go in the civilized tech world means that it could be used by various types of users – from kids to space engineers. Medicine and health are such fields where both regular users and healthcare professionals can benefit from medical accessories that you can use with your iPhone.
The diversty of medical accessories that can work with your iPhone has never ceased to amaze and this truly is a field where creativity needs to be lauded. The most basic iPhone medical accessories range from smart scales, hear rate monitors to microscopes and inner-ear illuminators. If you’re searching for iPhone medical accessories to help you keep fit or lose some weight, then we suggest you to have a look at these smartphone fitness accessories, as well. But if you’re more passionate about the medical aspect of technology, then maybe you should check out our list with ten most interesting medical gadgets.
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Seven best iPhone medical accessories
Scanadu Scout and Scanaflo
The Scout medical “tricorder” device made by health start-up Scanadu is one of those gadgets that carry a futuristic, awe-inspiring design. Needing to meet only a $100, 000 crowdfunding goal, Scanadu has managed to get a whopping amount of $1,664,176 on IndieGoGo, which has definitely helped them near the launch date as much as possible. What makes the Scanadu Scout one of the best iPhone medical accessories around is the impressive features that it comes with:
- Awesome, ergonomic design and a small size
- It scans your vital signs just by placing it on your forehead
- Measures heart rate, skin/core body temperature, SpO2 (oxymetry), respiratory rate, blood pressure, ECG, emotional stress
- Built on 32-bit RTOS Micrium platform, NASA’s choice for Rover Curiosity
- Support Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Low Energy
No fixed price has been set yet for this wonderful medical accessory that will work with your iPhone, but it’s rumored to not be more than two hundred dollars. The Scanadu Scout comes with a micro-USB adapter and fully charges from complete zero in less than an hour.
If you will use it a few times a day, then it will last for about a week, but we’ll wait for the first reviews to judge that.
The Scanadu Scanaflo is another upcoming medical gadget that will work as an urine test kit. The Scanaflo urine analysis reader comes in the form of a small white, disposable paddle with multi-colored test strips along with a QR code built into the device tests for levels of:
- specific gravity
- will also test for pregnancy
Aaron Rowe, research director at Scanadu:
Today’s urine tests are really hard to use and the results are not easy to interpret. ScanaFlo will make it simple for pregnant women to monitor themselves for complications between appointments with their doctor.
The Scanaflo is said to be a “low-cost” smartphone medical accessory, but no news yet on the exact pricing. You can also have a look at uCheck, another gadget aimed at being your day-to-day urinanalyzer.
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor and Smart Body Analyzer
Withings is one of the most known names in the medical accessories market, having a portfolio of stable products that have met good sales. The key products and the definitory ones are the Withings smart scales, with the Smart Body Analyzer being the latest and greatest. Working perfectly well with your iPhone, at $150, the Withings Smart Body Analyzer comes with some other interesting features than just measuring your weight:
- Track not only your weight but also your body composition: variations of fat-lean ratio, Body Mass Index
- Heart rate measurements and patterns
- Set weight goals and sync them across your smartphone or tablet
- Measures levels of Carbon dioxide and temperature, improving your sleep and freshness of the air
There are many iPhone blood pressure monitor medical accessories, but after conducting some research, it seems that the one offered by Withings is on top of its league. It might not be the cheapest one (now $114 on Amazon) but it is specially tailored for iOS devices, so it’ll be ideal for your iPhone, if you need to constantly check your blood pressure and heart rate. Just wrap the Blood Pressure Monitor around your arm and plug it into your iPhone and see data of your systolic, diastolic blood pressure and heart rate. You can then save the results and access it whenever you like. More than that, if you choose, you can even email your data to your doctor.
As I’ve said, a quick search will reveal plenty of blood pressure monitors for your iPhone, and the one from Withings will be just fine. But if you’re looking for something even more advanced or if you have a heart disease and you need to monitor closely its activity, then you need to have a look at AliveCor’s ECG Heart Monitor. First of all, for those who don’t know, ECG or EKG is abbreviation for electrocardiography, which is the interpretation of the heart’s electrical activity over a period of time.
The Heart Monitor from AliveCor doesn’t use power from your iPhone as it has a 3.0V coin cell battery that will take up around ten thousand 30-second ECGs before you will have to replace it. At two hundred dollars, No pairing is needed between the iPhone and the Heart Monitor as it uses AliveCor’s proprietary wireless communication protocol. Have a look at the video to know more about it.
If Scanadu’s Scout seems to have all the functions one needs to monitor body’s vital signs, then Lapka’s personal environment monitor is the medical accessory that tells you the most important things about the surrounding environment. With a stunningly beautiful design and a set of clever sensors, Lapka’s environment monitor can do so many useful and much needed things:
- Lapka Radiation: provides professionally precise radiation levels and how they might affect you
- Lapka Organic: by detecting the amounts of nitrates in your food, it can tell you how healthy it is
- Lapka EMF: detects electromagnetic fields (EMF) and also their intensity so that you could choose a place less “electro-polluted”
- Lapka Humidity: detects precise levels of temperature and humidity in your room
I will be frank and tell you that Lapka is my personal favorite from this list, thanks to its design and unique food healthiness detecting tool. In a world that is so filled with electronic devices, it’s vital to know how big are the levels of radiation, how good is the food you’re eating and where is the best place to sleep without being bothered by any electromagnetic waves. And Lapka’s personal environmnet monitor is one medical accessory you should not exclude from your list.
Breathalyzer have always been helpful tools for drivers all over the world. Being perceived by some as the instruments that let you know how much you can drink, breathalyzer are actually devices that let you be in control of your alcohol intake. Drinking smarter becomes a real assertion with BACtrac’s mobile breathalyzer as it accurately measures what are your alcohol levels and syncs that data to your iPhone.
By using the iPhone app, you can also have a look at your drinking habits, get precious insights and see how your body processes the alcohol. The app also lets you take pictures of your favorite drinks and store them. A $150 investment that is bound to keep you safe on the road.
Like I said in the beginning, there are iPhone medical accessories that can be used both by regular users and by professionals alike. The Welch Allyn iExaminer is a new product from Welch Allyn that mounts on the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope to let you view and take pictures of the eye straight on your iPhone. The iExaminer system makes sure the images obtaine with the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope ared adapted to the visual axis of your iPhone 4 or 4S camera so that you could capture high resolution pictures of your eye.
By using he iExaminer App you can store the pictures, email or print them. But these products are not cheap by any means, the PanOptic Ophtalmoscope being now $620 on Amazon (down from $1023).
Handyscope Smart Dermatoscope
We’ve featured iPhone medical accessories that analyze your heart, your alcohol intake and even your eyes, now it’s time to have a look at one that takes care of your precious hands. Price is going to be your single issue here, as this awesome medical accessory will set you back for a little more than five hundred euros. Being especially designed for iPhones, this smart dermatoscope from Handyscope comes with the following features:
- Sleek body with precious parts of brushed aluminum
- Precision-engineered optical system with several lenses, optical magnification up to 20X
- Twin light system with six polarized and six white LEDs
- Rechargeable 2400mAh battery offers up to 8 hours of LED running time
- The app is password-protected and the storage is encrypted
Because of its high price, it’s most likely that this iPhone medical gadget will be firstly used by doctors that will visit pacients and will be able to take a quick look at the affected skin.
iHealth Wireless Pulse Oximeter
The iHealth Wireless Pulse Oximeter is an iPhone medical accessory that is really easy to carry around, being very portable. You can use to to know what are the levels of your blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), your pulse rate (BPM) and your Perfusion Index (PI). It analyzes all that fro your fingertip. It sends the obtained results to your iPhone Sp02 app via Bluetooth connectivity. At $70, this is perfect while working out as you can check your blood oxygen levels and see your body’s reaction to increased physical activity.
Those that have issues with sugar levels in their blood, they really need to get a blood glucose meter. The iBGStar Blood Glucose Monitoring Sytem is right now an exclusive device on the Apple Store and is made in collaboration with Sanofi. Perhaps that bad part about this medical accessory is that you will need to draw a bit of blood as the iBGStar uses a small 0.5 microliter sample size. The integrated iBGStar Diabetes Manager app tracks and stores levels of glucose, insulin and carbohydrates.