The Eco Core digital stethoscope, created by a startup founded by three young UC Berkeley graduates, has made Time magazine’s list of “25 Best Inventions of 2015.”
Among others on Time‘s annual list are Star Apartments pre-fab housing, the Hoverboard scooter and Banza Chickpea Pasta. (View the full list here.)
The Eco Core is a digital stethoscope that can wirelessly stream heart sounds to a smartphone app and integrate heart sounds directly into a patient’s electronic health record. It won FDA permission to enter the market in September.
Time calls it a “superior stethoscope,” adding,”If the device works as planned — early signs are positive — it could not only improve overall care but also drastically reduce the need for expensive tests like echocardiograms.”
The company that invented it, Eko, was founded by three Berkeley alumni who met as students: CEO Connor Landgraf, CTO Tyler Crouch and COO Jason Bellet, who have backgrounds in engineering and business. Eko was nurtured by SkyDeck, Berkeley’s startup accelerator, and is based in Berkeley.
Earlier Berkeley News coverage of the Eko Core: “SkyDeck-backed startup’s digital stethoscope green-lighted by FDA” and “$2 million funding boost for SkyDeck-backed digital stethoscope device.”