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.
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 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.
The landmark Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize is named after the fictional Star Trek general-purpose handheld device. The winning device will need to be capable of diagnosing a set of 15 diseases, empowering health care consumers to be what Diamandis calls the "CEOs of their own health."
The Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE is a $10 million global competition to stimulate innovation and integration of precision diagnostic technologies, making reliable health diagnoses available directly to "health consumers" in their homes.