The Tricorder X Prize:
The Biggest Thing In Home Health Care Since The Thermometer?

Cormac Foster

The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize promises to turn everybody into a Doctor McCoy by 2016. It could change everything about the way we practice medicine. But are we ready for it?

If you’re a redshirt thinking you might have a case of Rigelian Fever, where do you go for advice? Whether you’re planet-side or in the sick bay, odds are you’re going to start with a tricorder. In the Star Trek universe, the tricorder was a non-invasive, handheld device that scanned geological, meteorological, and biological data. When used by medical personnel, the tricorder could diagnose all but the rarest diseases.

The tricorder inspired X Prize Foundation Chairman Peter Diamandis, who wondered whether – with enough incentive – engineers could build a medical diagnostic tool that could monitor health and identify illness on the spot, without a doctor’s assistance. Add in $10 million in total prize money from Qualcomm and you have the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, launched in January, 2012.

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