April 15, 2017

"One of the most useful technologies of the Star Trek universe — the all-knowing medical tricorder that can diagnose diseases in a snap — is now centuries ahead of schedule."

vocativ: This week, the Qualcomm Foundation, along with XPRIZE Foundation, announced the winning team of its nearly four-year-long global competition to develop a functional, easily usable tricorder, the Final Frontier Medical Devices team out of Pennsylvania. by Ed Cara

'For their efforts, the team received the top prize of $2.6 million, while runner up Boston-based Dynamical Biomarkers nabbed $1 million.

'Final Frontier’s victory is definitely an underdog story. Led by Dr. Basil Harris, a Philadelphia emergency room physician, the team was mostly made out of family and friends Harris coaxed into volunteering their free time on the weekend. By contrast, Dynamical Biomarkers had 50 scientists and programmers, mostly paid, and was sponsored by the Taiwanese government and Taiwan-based cellphone company HTC.

'The device kit developed by Final Frontier, called DxtER, uses non-invasive sensors that collect data from the user and combines that with an AI frontloaded with information in the field of clinical emergency medicine to come with a diagnosis. The device currently operates on an iPad tablet, but future versions should work equally fine on a smartphone as well. The device, ideally, would allow patients to then send their readings to their doctors so they could collaborate on their health care.'

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