Have you heard about the Tricorder XPrize? If not, you know what a tricorder is: the gadget that Star Trek doctors used to diagnose any ailment with just a sweep over the patient's body. No needles or x-rays needed, with this handy Thing, Star Trek docs could figure out what was wrong with you in just a couple of seconds. Now someone has gone and invented one.
India's team "Danvantri" is one of the 10 finalists in the XPrize competition, developing a "tricorder that can diagnose some 15 diseases and measure 5 vital signs," according to the XPrize Foundation. Four U.S. teams are also in the competition, which is expected to conclude at the end of next year, with a $10 million prize going to the winning team.
But team Danvantri might be ahead of the game. They've already commercialized something similar. Their commercial device can check blood pressure, blood oxygen level and temperature with the use of a mobile app. Now they're integrating other technologies into the Thing, including a high-def camera and testing strips (like those in pregnancy tests, for example) in hopes of winning the XPrize. Hoping to diagnose kidney and liver problems, among other ailments, the camera takes a picture of the strip color and the mobile app analyzes the image to identify the medical problem. The team also developed probes for their device, which can check for ear infections and even do an EEG!
Now, I hope I never need to see one of these Things in action, but if I ever develop a mysterious ailment, it will be good to know my doctors will have some Star Trek Tech on their side!
Stay well. See you next week,