This low-cost electronic device made in India can change the way doctors measure heartbeats

Anand Murali September 14, 2016 1 min

Doctor’s rely heavily on stethoscopes. While many medical devices have become technologically advanced, the simple stethoscope remained the same for years. But that’s about to change now.

A group of makers based out of Bangalore makerspace Workbench Projects (Fablab Bangalore) have developed a low cost digital stethoscope to help doctors listen to heartbeats better.

Museinc, founded by Arvind Badrinarayanan and Sumukh Mysore, is finally close to launching its new age stethoscope. The device called Taal consists of a sensitive microphone which records the heartbeat, then processes and amplifies the sound of the heartbeat by passing it through various sound filters.

The device consists of a circular hardware device, that is paired with a smartphone app and can function across species from hummingbirds to humans. The makers are currently running a crowdfunding campaign to start production towards the end of the year.

The know more about their journey, watch the video.

Update (14 September, 5.48 PM IST): An earlier version of this article referred to the makerspace in Bengaluru as Workbench. It has been corrected for accuracy.