The medical tricorder, a handheld device in the Star Trek universe used to diagnose diseases and keep track of vital signs, once seemed a sci-fi impossibility alongside teleportation and alien encounters. Not anymore. The $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, officially announced this week, challenges entrants to create mobile platform that can accurately diagnose 15 diseases across 30 patients in three days.
The idea — outlined by X Prize Chairman Peter Diamandis during Qualcomm Chief Executive Paul Jacobs keynote speech at the massive electronics show — is to let patients bypass increasingly bureaucratic and expensive medical care with a portable, personal, cloud-connected suite of medical sensors.
The first team who can design a device capable of a broad self-diagnosis, while maintaining "fun" and "easy to use" design paradigms, will take home a check for $10M USD, courtesy of Qualcomm.
The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize has challenged researchers to build a tool capable of capturing "key health metrics and diagnosing a set of 15 diseases".
He also announced the Qualcomm Foundation would help to underwrite a $10 million award from the X Prize Foundation for the best emerging medical technology product.
The winning team, says Diamandis, must be able to diagnose themselves without using a doctor or going to a hospital.
The multi-million dollar Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, announced at CES in Las Vegas, will be awarded to the inventor who brings to life the handheld Star Trek tricorder handheld healthcare device.
Those of you that share our dislike of having your skin punctured by needles at the doctors office (or elsewhere for that matter) will be happy to learn that Qualcomm and X-Prize have teamed up to offer a $10 million reward to go to the first person or group that can invent a working real-life Star Trek tricorder to non-invasively measure a patients vital signs.
He announced the establishment of a new Qualcomm-funded $10 million prize to spur development of a wireless medical tool for consumers, styled after the tricorders on Star Trek.
The idea is to use artificial intelligence and wireless sensing - much like the medical Tricorder of Star Trek fame - to make medical diagnoses independent of a physician or healthcare provider, X Prize stated.