The Future of Ear Infection Diagnoses Could Lie in a Smartphone

smartphoneWho wouldn’t want to save themselves a trip to the doctor? CellScope, a San Francisco-based company, is working on creating the world’s first digital first aid kit. They are starting with Oto, an otoscope smartphone attachment.

The device allows users to view the inner ear canal from the screen on their phone. They can then use a corresponding app to take a picture and send it to a doctor for diagnosis. CellScope foresees the tool as being helpful for teachers, parents and clinics alike, as well as being educational for children by allowing them to see what an infected eardrum looks like.

Oto is already available to healthcare professionals, and will hopefully be available for home use within the year. There is no word yet on how much it will cost.