Thinklabs One Digital Stethoscope
Imagine a stethoscope that is fully digitized with an earphone jack, volume control, and audio pitch filters. That’s exactly what the company Thinklabs has designed with their Thinklabs One Digital Stethoscope, which they claim is the smallest, most powerful stethoscope in the world that fits in the palm of your hand. The device can amplify sounds over 100 times their normal volume; the sounds can also be recorded and used with a variety of mobile apps. A battery charge typically lasts for 100-125 patient exams. The Thinklabs One Digital Stethoscope retails for $499.
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