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Star Trek Tricorder Arrives

LAKE WALES, Fla. — The $2.6 million purse for the four-year long Tricorder X-Prize contest sponsored by Qualcomm Foundation went to the Pennsylvanian-based Final Frontier team, led by brothers Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and George Harris, a network engineer.

A $1 million second place purse went to the Taiwan-based Dynamic Biomarkers Team, led by Harvard Medical School Professor Chung-Kang Peng and funded by HTC. A third prize of $100,000 was awarded to the Cloud Dx Team, called a “Bold Epic Innovator” for its demonstration, which was “outside the criteria” of the competition rules.

Original Tricorder in the Star Trek franchise was set in the 23rd century, but it has arrived early thanks to the Qualcomm Research sponsored X-Prize awarded this week.
(Source: Star Trek, CBS Interactive Inc.)

Original Tricorder in the Star Trek franchise was set in the 23rd century, but it has arrived early thanks to the Qualcomm Research sponsored X-Prize awarded this week. 
(Source: Star Trek, CBS Interactive Inc.)

The original Star Trek Tricorder was used as a diagnostic unit by the character Dr. McCoy in the original 1960d TV series, augmented by a hand-held scanner he waved over the patient's body. The instant-diagnosis, plus the ability to be used by non-doctors, too, was the goal of the Tricorder X-Prize. Home diagnosis in developed countries, and community-center diagnoses in developing countries, aims to level the playing field worldwide in medical diagnosis.

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