What’s Your Count?
Your iPhone can do many things. But up until now, measuring a man’s sperm count wasn’t one of them.
Dr. Kobori has created a type of lens that can be fitted to the smartphone’s camera. Dropping a sperm sample onto the lens and filming it will create footage that can then be analysed by a lab.
Dr. Yoshitomo Kobori demonstrating the lens on a smartphone
Fear not, because you can use a new microscopic device that can be attached to your smartphone camera. Simply recording a short video of your genitals can determine the count of your sperm.
Researchers at the University of Illinois, Chicago created the new device which can magnify 555 times. “Everyone has a smartphone now, and they have good cameras, I thought a smartphone microscope could be an easy way to look at problems with male fertility.”
The sperm is to be placed on a sheet at least five minutes after ejaculation, and is scanned by the lens. Once uploaded to the app, an instant diagnosis of your count will be available.
The idea behind it is that men are often too anxious to visit the clinic – but almost all of us have smartphones. The lens itself is inexpensive and creates, in Kobori’s words “a semen test at home.”
“The lens is not made for a smartphone – it was made nine years ago,” he said .
“I’m improving the lens and thinking about how to attach it to a smartphone and analyze sperm.
“Men are thinking that semen analyses are an embarrassment, inconvenience, disgrace and waste of time.”