From the early days of the science-fiction television series Star Trek the “tricorder” was a vital prop used to scan, analyze and record data. It came in various guises, including a medical version, but it was a dramatic prop, not a real device. Last week New Electronics reported on the continuing interest in the concept of real-life tricorder.
Trekkies, take heart. A scientific breakthrough involving a form of infrared radiation known as terahertz (THz) waves could lead to handheld medical scanners reminiscent of the "tricorder" featured on the original Star Trek television series.
What do cadavers, Tricorders and Qualcomm have in common? Only the biggest thing that’s happening in medical technology these days. And it’s not happening in a pharmaceutical research lab or at the National Institutes of Health, but at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize will award $10 million to whoever can invent a device that scans the body in order to diagnose diseases.
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.