Your iPad could soon be used for much more than streaming videos and checking Facebook. A startup hopes to sell a gadget that uses the tablet to test a man’s fertility.
Yes, really. This product could revolutionize everything from farming to family planning, but don’t head to Apple yet to buy one. FDA approval is still pending:
According to Reuters, Taiwan-based Aidmics plans to seek U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for a device it calls “iSperm.”
The iSperm is an in-home tester that consists of a tiny microscope and backlight that attaches to the tablet’s camera. A sample is placed in the device and an app analyzes sperm count and motility, or how fast sperm can swim. Users can also record video of the sperm for analysis by a fertility expert.
Reuters reported that nearly 200 farmers have used iSperm to analyze fertility in their livestock.
The iSperm isn’t the only device that uses a mobile device camera for medical testing. Researchers at UC Berkeley have been testing the CellScope, which uses a smartphone camera to detect parasitic worms in a person’s blood.
If approved, Aidmics hopes to sell iSperm at a price between $100 and $200.
I think I would buy this simply because I am the curious type, and would want to try it out. Well, my boyfriend, anyways. I am just wondering if you are on your own as far as getting the sperm or if they have a separate app that would help male humans produce a sample? Just wondering what I am going to get for my $200. It better just be amazing is all I can say.
Also, is there a way I can use this with my Apple Watch? Come on, guys, it’s the wave of the future!
Written by Katie McGuire. Email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to send hate tweets to @GopKatie, where I will be sure to do almost nothing about it
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