Dammit Jim, Will They Even Need a Doctor?

Star Trek fans are more than familiar with the device known as a tricorder.  For those readers who are not that devoted to the voyages of the starship Enterprise, a tricorder is a handheld device that members of the crew use to analyze various things, download data and make medical diagnosis.  The last function is the focus of the Tricorder X Prize Competition.

Life Sciences Prize Group is offering up $10 million dollars to the person or company that can deliver a real live functioning medical tricorder. The goal is to provide the public with a device that could diagnose patients as accurately as a physician right in the patients home.  It’s like Robo-WebMD.

"Turn your head and cough, bee-bo-boop."


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