“It was an experience to engage in discussions with physicists and researchers and place the project under the scope of an international environment" ~ Olivier de Fresnoye.”
When technology collides with reality, change occurs. When people think beyond ordinary limits of what’s possible, age-old problems can be solved. There are projects that guarantee to revolutionize various facets of society, especially for those in need.
AN OPEN SOURCE AND COMMUNITY- BASED PROJECT
echOpen, the open-source, low-cost, portable ultrasound stethoscope which connects to a smartphone or tablet, could revolutionize access to healthcare by simplifying the diagnosis while opening up new opportunities for doctors in emerging countries.
Build with echOpen
Globally, medical imaging is a scarce commodity – its cost and complexity restrict its availability mostly to industrialized countries and well-equipped hospitals. EchOpen is easy to build with open-source hardware. This combination has the potential to make health diagnostics available not only for remote and marginated communities, but also for emergency response squads and hard to reach locations. It’s easy to use, producing ultrasound imagery for a wide range of examinations that can be shared in real time to obtain remote assistance, virtually by any medical center in the world.
The Deep Games effect
echOpen is in the process of seeking collaboration with key partners and resources to support a global effort to reach project goals. Finishing the new version of the prototype with medical quality images and making the components smaller for manufacturing is the challenge ahead. The vision of this community-based open-source product is to share on a globally and distribute in Africa and South-East Asia. This new admission to healthcare will help solve problems faced by developing countries.