Multi Scope - A multi-functional medical scope.

An MD in Texas, USA, approached us to help him design a new medical device: the multi-scope.

The multi-scope was designed by the doctor to be a multi-purpose device that combines the functions of an otoscope, an endoscope, and a nasal scope. For those that don’t know:
1. An otoscope enables users to look into the ear.
2. An endoscope deals with the throat and stomach.
3. A nasal scope allows users to look into the nose.
4. It should be possible to use the new multi-scope device to inspect the nose, ear and mouth.

We were tasked with the end-to-end product design. This incorporated many phases: design research, industrial design, engineering design, electronics development, IU/UX design, mobile app development, and prototype development. This was an extensive and detailed project that took 15 months for the whole process.

The MD wanted a device that could be used at home by patients. He’d realised that, in many cases, patients did not arrive for an appointment until after the infection had set in. He wanted to empower patients to spot symptoms at an early stage.

By developing a multi-purpose device with more applications, patients would feel more comfortable justifying the higher price tag and could invest in a quality, multi-functional device. Despite the complexity of developing a device that could switch between three different modes, product costs had to be kept low enough to retail the product at a profit of USD $50. We were able to spent four months identifying a suitable camera with a form factor of less than 3mm for the device and the appropriate chipset that could be used with it. This was an important element of the product as the chip would send the data via Wi-Fi to the mobile App, enabling patients to email images to their MD.