Here’s a design competition guaranteed to appeal to your inner geek: The folks over at the X Prize Foundation and Qualcomm have launched the Tricorder X Prize, offering $10 million for the development of a mobile device that can be used to accurately diagnose diseases. According to the website:
As envisioned for this competition, the device will be a tool capable of capturing key health metrics and diagnosing a set of 15 diseases. Metrics for health could include such elements as blood pressure, respiratory rate, and temperature. Ultimately, this tool will collect large volumes of data from ongoing measurement of health states through a combination of wireless sensors, imaging technologies, and portable, non-invasive laboratory replacements.
The goal: to provide a way for consumers to receive direct medical care without actually seeing a medical professional. Or, in other words, to finally deliver (sort of) on one of Star Trek‘s coolest tech toys, that handy Tricorder that was able to do everything from diagnose exotic illnesses to detect the presence of alien life forms on distant planets. Continue reading