Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize

By Jonah Comstock January 4, 2016
The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize has extended its deadline and tweaked the requirements for its seven remaining finalists, the group announced last month. Launched in 2013, the Tricorder X Prize is a $10 million competition to build a self-contained, handheld device for consumers that can diagnose a number of diseases and check several vital signs. “The accomplishments the teams have made so far in...
By Jonah Comstock August 27, 2014
The finalists have been announced for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, lowering the field from 22 companies that had not yet dropped out to just 10 that will compete for the $10 million prize in a series of hands-on trials of their handheld, smartphone-connected diagnostic devices designed for consumer use. “This is an extremely hard competition,” Dr. Erik Viirre, technical and medical director...
By Jonah Comstock May 7, 2014
Nanobiosym's GENE-Radar device It's been six months since the final 34 teams for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize were announced. The prize is being offered to the team that can create a handheld medical sensor with a user-friendly interface that can diagnose a list of common diseases and read a list of common vital signs. That list of 34 last year was for teams that had not only...
By Jonah Comstock February 4, 2014
Since the 34 teams competing for the Qualcomm Tricorder were announced in November, a few, like Scanadu, have caught the public eye while the vast majority remained in stealth mode. Now at least one team, Johns Hopkins University's Aezon, is poking its head out to crowdfund its entry on Indiegogo. The team is attempting to raise $10,000 to support its shot at $10 million. "So far we haven't had a...
By Jonah Comstock November 8, 2013
Teams have been preregistered for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize -- a handheld medical scanner competition backed by the Qualcomm Foundation -- for nearly a year. In fact, 255 teams were reported as preregistered last year. But representatives of the $10 million prize have now announced the 34 teams that have completed the full registration and paid $5,000 to $10,000 entry fees (depending on the...
By Jonah Comstock May 22, 2013
The updated Scanadu Scout. San Francisco-based Scanadu, which had planned to release it's tricorder-like SCOUT device by the end of 2013, is launching an Indiegogo campaign to sell the device. In an unprecedented move, the company is launching its crowdfunding campaign without FDA 510(k) clearance, with the intention of conducting the usability tests needed to get the clearance via the campaign...
By Jonah Comstock March 21, 2013
Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, cofounders of BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion, Inc.) have a new initiative: a $100 million, highly selective investment fund called Quantum Valley Investments. The firm will be based in Waterloo, Ontario, the area Lazaridis hopes will become a "Quantum Valley," the next-generation answer to Silicon Valley, and will be focused on supporting "quantum...
By Jonah Comstock December 19, 2012
The Scanadu SCOUT, one well-known entrant in the Tricorder X PRIZE The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize posted the final guidelines, detailing how devices will be judged for the $10 million prize when evaluation begins in 2014. (Update: The group has since removed the final guidelines from its website and expects to officially release them when registration for the prize opens on January 8th.)...
By Jonah Comstock November 29, 2012
Scanadu, the 2-year-old San Francisco startup aiming to develop a handheld medical scanner for home use, similar to the Star Trek tricorder, has unveiled its first three products, set for release by the end of 2013. The Scanadu SCOUT is the central scanner component. The NASA Ames Research Center-based company says that customers simply hold the small, lightweight device to the patient's temple...

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