It's unlikely to knock the Angry Birds off their perch or out-sell the various Scrabble clones, but a simulated stethoscope for iPhone has certainly captured the pulse (admit it, you'd have used that pun, too). The mobile app was designed by UCL researcher and Wired contributor Peter Bentley and has reportedly been adopted by medics all over the world. The Evening Standard goes as far as to suggest that lives have already been saved by the app, but gives no supporting evidence. A bullish Bentley reckons he 'could create a mobile ultrasound scanner and an application to measure the oxygen content in blood' but is stymied by regulations - and perhaps from the trademark owners of Star Trek, who fear he's getting a little too close to the tricorder.
UCL Researcher Designs iPhone Stethoscope
Last Updated 01 September 2010