Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Qualcomm stimulate the imagination with $10M X Prize Star Trek Tricorder contest

Yesterday, Qualcomm created a $10M X Prize. The objective is a Tricorder type device that we all remember from the TV Series, Star Trek. With the growing shortage of physicians we will need tools like this that allow patients to monitor their health.

How will we see this manifest itself - Think about a wireless sensor that can communicate with an App on your iPhone, iPad or Android smart phone.

What would you invent?

Qualcomm and the X Prize Foundation Move to Energize Diagnostics with $10M ‘Tricorder Prize’

Bruce V. Bigelow 5/10/11

Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) chairman and CEO Paul Jacobs revealed today that the San Diego-based wireless technology giant has been working with the X Prize Foundation to develop criteria for a new $10 million X Prize grand challenge that is straight out of Star Trek—a “Tricorder X Prize.”

The idea—which is still being distilled—is to offer a $10 million incentive prize to the team that can develop the first diagnostic device that actually works like the ubiquitous medical tricorder of Star Trek fame. Generally speaking, the technology would have to be portable, use wireless sensors, be minimally invasive, and capable of providing rapid, low-cost diagnoses of medical ailments and injuries. Oh, and organizers also want the gadget to be able to diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board-certified physicians.

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