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THE X PRIZE foundation, a non-profit foundation promoting technology, has offered a $10m prize to anyone who can make Star Trek’s medical “tricorder” diagnostic machine a reality.

The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize was announced in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show. The X Prize Foundation’s Chairman Peter Diamandis said: “I’m probably the first guy who’s here in Vegas who would be happy to lose $10m.”

The challenge laid down is to produce a device capable of reading “key health metrics and diagnosing a set of 15 diseases” while being completely portable, with a maximum weight of 2.2kg.

On the sci-fi TV series the tricorder was an all-purpose handheld sensor and scanner used by the spaceship’s doctors such as Leonard “Bones” McCoy.

Image from Culture Culte

Originally posted by Angela Shupe on January 13, 2013 in News.


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