Innovation Watch

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.