Last year, the X-Prize Foundation and the technology company Qualcomm announced that they would be starting a $10 million competition to create a real-life medical tricorder—the Star Trek device that helps doctors diagnose patients and collect data.
Today, at the Consumer Electronics Show, X-Prize’s Peter Diamandis shared more details. He hopes that the winning device will “allow a user to diagnose themselves without having to visit a doctor or hospital,” he tweeted. Final guidelines won’t be available until September of this year; however, teams can fill out intent-to-compete forms now. (One sure entrant: the company Scanadu, headquartered at NASA’s Ames Research Center, which has been working on a tricorder since January 2011.) The Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize website says that the following will be required of the winner:
Provide ongoing metrics of health (vitals)
Allow monitoring or continuous use of sensors to diagnose and measure health
Provide awareness of health state
Give confirmation that everything is ok with a consumer
Notify that something is not ok (a "check engine light")
In October, Diamandis took part in a Future Tense event on the future of energy and took a minute to talk to us briefly about his vision for the tricorder X-Prize: artificial intelligence, RNA and DNA analysis, and more.
Recently, Canada announced its own plans to fund research into a tricorder-esque gizmo. While Diamandis envisions a doctor-free diagnostic process, Canada is looking for “a handheld device that doctors could use to diagnose patients far from medical labs,” according to the Associated Press.
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