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.
(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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