iSperm: The Latest in Fertility Gadgets

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For couples who are trying to conceive and having difficulty, there is a brand new way of tracking a man’s sperm count. Now, you can call your home or check an email and get information about a man’s sperm count. A Taiwanese start-up company by the name of Aidmics is hoping to corner the market and cash in on the $40 billion global fertility market with a new iPad compatible device called iSperm.

Who is Aidmics?

Aidmics was founded in 2012 and it is a university spin off from National Taiwan University. The company consists of experts from many different fields that are dedicated to developing biomedical and bioanalytical applications or apps, to use on smart-devices.

The company has customized APPs that will let a user view, store, and share and analyze microscopic images in record time. These applications include motile and non-motile cell analysis, histological analysis, cell analysis, microfluid integrations and other materials used for research and education.

What is it?

iSperm was originally developed to aid livestock farmers. However, Aidmics founder Agean Lin now has plans on seeking approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration to expand the use for human males.

Lin, speaking to Reuters stated, “In the U.S., one out of every six couples has trouble conceiving.” Harry Williams, an investment advisory estimates globally the gadget may be worth up to $40 billion.
iSperm was released on a commercial basis in August of 2014, and it has sold almost 200 devices to farmers around the globe. This is not the first at-home sperm tester, but it is the only device that lets a person get instant access to fertility measurements combined with live visuals of a man’s actual sperm.

Lin stated he wants to market the device to see for around $100-$200, a small portion of what the commercial version wound up costing.

Do you wonder how it works? The technology behind iSperm is quite simple, a tiny microscope enlarges a few drops of semen and it is lit by a backlight. The light beams over the moving image and transmits it to an iPad camera and from there, algorithms then analyze the sample and get a complete sperm count, as well as motility.

According to the manager of a large livestock farm in central Taiwan, there was an increase of 20 percent after they began to use iSperm. In the past, the farmer stated they would have to use large, expensive microscopes and go through the process of physically counting each sperm by hand.

In the Future

One look at the technology behind iSperm and you will be amazed at this miraculous gadget. In 17 seconds, a man can have a quick, easy and accurate result of his sperm analysis. No need to worry about the device being unsanitary because each microfluid chip is contamination free, sterile and disposable which means each one is sure to give a precise reading.

This device can open the door for men who are interested in finding out if they could be suffering from low-sperm count and it is sure to be a welcomed addition to the world of male infertility.


 
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