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$10M Tricorder X PRIZE Kicks off 111

Back in May, we heard about Qualcomm's plans to hammer out details for an X PRIZE competition to invent a Star Trek-style tricorder. Now, reader Sven-Erik sends word that the requirements have been finalized and the competition has launched. "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. Given that each team will take its own approach to design and functionality, the device's physical appearance and functionality may vary immensely from team to team. Indeed, the only stated limit on form is that the mass of its components together must be no greater than five pounds."
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$10M Tricorder X PRIZE Kicks off

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  • Innovation (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Tyr07 ( 2300912 ) on Thursday January 12, 2012 @01:27PM (#38675450) Homepage

    Events like this are really great, it really spurs innovation.

    It encourages people to think outside the box and build something normally only researched if there's great market value. If companies are making fair change with current products, they'll milk research till later and slowly release tech to keep the market at the right level of saturation.

    The fact that a reward to cover research expenses and advance technology like that is just out there is great. It might not be perfect, whatever is developed, but it's a start in a good direction. It might not be a mass marketed product, the original anyway, but that 10 mill will at least get the ball rolling.

  • About time (Score:4, Insightful)

    by paleo2002 ( 1079697 ) on Thursday January 12, 2012 @01:35PM (#38675578)
    This sounds great and all, but it seems a shame that they've got to bribe people into developing such a device. A portable, multi-purpose medical diagnostic tool isn't sufficiently desirable on its own? You'd think something like this would have been in development for years already.
  • Re:About time (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PPH ( 736903 ) on Thursday January 12, 2012 @01:41PM (#38675636)
    Dammit Jim! I'm a doctor, not a venture capitalist!

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