The American company Final Frontier Medical Devices, led by brothers Basilan and George Harris (the first in the profession is a doctor and the other a system administrator), will develop a modern analogue of the tricorder — a portable medical device used in the Saga “star Trek” for non-invasive diagnosis of the health status of the person. Invented wireless and compact gadget for several decades, vexed scientists that do not leave hope to embody the imagination in reality. Perhaps in the near future, this team will surprise us, because to implement the ideas they had won Grand $2.6 million in the competition Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize.
In the television series, the tricorder looks like a small box with a touch screen and Wi-Fi analyzer. The diagnostic results are immediately reflected on the display, clearly showing the status of the health of the patient. According to competition conditions, the future device should be compact, weigh less than 2 kg, real-time display vital signs and to detect a range of diseases.
A prototype of the device from the winner of the contest is not similar to the prototype — to communicate with the patient’s body uses a series of sensors connected via Bluetooth to an iPad Mini. They measure not only respiratory rate, blood pressure and body temperature, blood oxygen saturation and heart rhythm. Due to the sensors using these five vital signs, can be used to diagnose anaemia, atrial fibrillation, otitis media, diabetes, leukocytosis, and even urinary tract infections. The developers plan to bring the device DxtER to mind, in the future it will be able to more accurately recognize at least 13 of the diseases (this is possible now, but the product is still “raw”).
The Grand $1 million received Taiwanese company Dynamical Biomarkers Group, present a prototype of a device called a T06. The device is not compact. On the other hand, all supplies are placed in retractable compartments of the apparatus, and the diagnosis result is displayed on the smartphone, which is used as the device screen. T06 as DxtER, is able to measure temperature, pressure, oxygen saturation, heart and respiratory rate, but the list of diagnosed diseases in Taiwan prototype shorter.
According to the plan, after revision and improvement of equipment will be available on the market. The contest organizers will provide organizational support for projects, taking on the study of the target audience and obtaining the license for the production. Interestingly, the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize Foundation, which is funding the project, partly invested by the heirs of the Creator of the fantastic Saga.
Source: Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize
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