Innovation Watch: Equipment

Jedmed Horus Tympanic Membrane

Horus Scope

Jedmed now sells the Horus Scope, a handheld video scope with multiple imaging attachments and a built-in display that is manufactured by Medimaging Integrated Solutions, Inc.  This product appears to capitalize on multiple trends within the video scope industry, including a handheld form factor, integrated LED lighting, and interchangeable attachments for use in multiple clinical settings.  Jedmed is the exclusive distributor for this product.

endoscope-i parts


A company out of the United Kingdom, endoscope-i Ltd., has developed the endoscope-i, an iPhone-based imaging system for rigid and flexible scopes.  The system consists of a plastic mount that attaches to an iPhone, an iOS application, a light source with integrated battery, and a rigid otoendoscope.

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FotoFinder has developed the handyscope, an iPhone-based mobile dermatology system.  handyscope is comprised of a light source, battery, and lens mounted to a black plastic and aluminum case into which an iPhone is inserted, a smartphone application for image capture and clinical workflows, and a web-based application for image review and additional clinical workflows.

Kubi Detail


Revolve Robotics has developed the Kubi, a robotic stand for mobile devices that offers pan and tilt functionality for mobile-based videoconferencing software.  This product addresses one of the growing concerns of those more familiar with room-based VTC platforms; namely, current mobile devices lack the ability to remotely move the camera.  The motorized Kubi pairs with mobile products via a Bluetooth connection, then allows for both local and remote devices to control the positioning of the tablet or phone.  A downloadable mobile software application and web-based interface allows for control of the device.

Google Glass Display

Google Glass

Google has developed Glass, a wearable computer for your face that offers hands-free and voice-activated capabilities.  Part eyeglass frames and part computer, Glass provides a Heads Up Display that communicates with your mobile phone by way of a Bluetooth connection.  While there are multiple proponents and detractors of the product, it is undeniable that Google’s foray into the wearable space with Glass is innovative.

Lytro Light Field Camera - Front

Lytro Light Field Camera & Software

Lytro has produced the first consumer-ready imaging product that takes advantage of light field imaging technology.  This camera produces what their marketing materials refer to as “living pictures,” photos that allow the user to refocus the image or subtly change the perspective after the image has been captured. 

AliveCor - Heart Monitor - In Use

AliveCor ECG Heart Monitor and App for iPhone

AliveCor brings single-lead ECG tracing to the mHealth arena with their iPhone peripheral and iOS app.  Touted as the ECG “at your fingertips,” the AliveCor heart monitor is compatible with the iPhone 4/4S and 5.  They also offer models that are compatible with various Android devices, though we did not purchase any of those models.  The monitor and app are intended for use by licensed medical professionals or can be prescribed to patients for store-and-forward ECG rhythms.

Welch Allyn - iExaminer with iPhone

Welch Allyn’s iExaminer

Welch Allyn has moved their PanOptic Ophthalmoscope into the mobile playing field with their iExaminer Adapter and iExaminer App.  The adapter, designed to attach the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope to an iPhone 4 or 4S, allows providers to capture images with the iPhone’s camera for consultation, patient education, or for later comparison.

Flexicam: Base Medical Camera

Inline’s Flexicam and Flexicam Mobile

We’re keeping an eye on the ongoing development of Inline’s new Flexicam and Flexicam Mobile medical camera systems. The innovation in this case is the use of a camera base unit with interchangeable exam tips or probes.  The hand-held camera includes an LED bulb, eliminating the need for a separate light box.  We had the opportunity to experiment with both the Flexicam and the Flexicam Mobile systems. The only difference between the two is the method of viewing and storing images; both use the same cameras and exam probes. 

olloclip: Eye - Macro

The olloclip

The current trend for most smart phone designs is to increase the screen size and the resolution of built-in cameras.  With many users bypassing their point-and-shoot cameras for their phone’s camera, the market for phone-photo peripherals is set to expand.