But here’s a medical application you might not have thought that your iPad would ever be able to play a role in: helping couples to conceive.
Try telling that to the Taiwanese start-up Aidmics, which is hoping to carve out a piece of the $40 billion global human fertility market with an iPad-compatible microscope and accompanying app that lets users know exactly how plentiful their lil’ swimmers are.
iSperm started out life as a product designed to help livestock farmers, although the company behind it is now in the early stages of seeking FDA approval to expand its use to men. The FDA has previously been said to take an “almost hands-off approach” to devices intended to promote health.
The human-centered microscope is set to cost between $100 and $200 when it is launched. The associated app will offer instant fertility measurements, along with live visuals of the sperm.
Around one in six couples in the U.S. have trouble getting pregnant, but based on the success of the early iSperm among livestock, it could increase pregnancy success by around 20 percent.
To paraphrase Steve Jobs: “Having a baby? There’s an app for that.”