First Medical Tricorder Scans, Analyzes and Shares All Your Core Vitals

Written by Kate Winter on . Posted in Gadgets, Science, Technology


A Medical Marvel

An awesome new device puts your body’s information where it belongs: in your hands.

Share it with your doctor and others to take health conversations – and discoveries – to a new level.

Learn ways that different people, locations, activities, foods, beverages, and medicines affect your body. Sick or well.

Discover connections. Watch trends. Spot side effects. Catch problems early. And track them. Get healthier.

The Tricorder Is Real

For you non-Trekkies out there, a tricorder is a multifunction hand-held device used for sensor scanning, data retention and analysis. This real world tricorder, called the Scout, uses your smartphone and Bluetooth LE to emulate an Emergency Room in your pocket.

Scout is being produced by Scanadu Inc., a Singularity University startup based at NASA Research Park in Moffett Field, CA. The Scanadu team is comprised of MDs, data scientists, mathematicians, coders, molecular biologists, mechanical, electrical engineers and biophysicists.

Scanadu currently has a prototype device that is designed to measure your vital signs. They need FDA approval and are thus reaching out to the world for help. For $199, not only to you get to try out the first ever Tricorder, you get to become an explorer and researcher in the process.

How Does It Work?

Simply place the Scanadu Scout on your forehead for 10 seconds and in a snap, your stats are displayed on your smartphone.

By helping Scanadu collect data, they can file their application to the FDA for market approval as an over-the-counter consumer-grade diagnostic tool.

As a research tool, Scanadu promises the product will not pose any risk to users and can be used to collect, store and display all your information, but without making specific disease diagnosis.

Scanadu aims to ship their Scout out to you in less than a year, with plans to fine tune the product and have a hospital in your hands in no time.

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