You guys ever notice that doctors are using stethoscope technology that dates back almost 200 years? Not that there’s anything really wrong with it, and there’s no need to re-invent the wheel, but in this case, Thinklabs may definitely be on to something. The One is their version of what a modern stethoscope should be, and it’s packed with features. Aside from amplifying sounds up to 100 times, the smartphone-connected device lets physicians filter the audio for “for low, midrange or higher frequencies, as well as for S3, valves and murmurs, and lung sounds. Filter out ambient noise frequencies.” This lets physicians focus on specific characteristics that they’re looking for and potentially arrive at a diagnostic faster and more accurately.
The fact that The One is connected to a smartphone also means your doctor is able to record the audio from your chest or abdominal cavity for later analysis or even just for archival. It’s used by connecting to some high-end headphones, either the ones provided by the company, or your own. Yes, that does mean that your doctor could one day listen to your heart while sporting some Beats. Matter of fact, the company has a Beats package in case you don’t already have your own. It’s $500 for the device only (with regular high-quality earbuds), or $800 for the Beats package.