Investors Funding this Gizmodo in Tricorder Competition Big-Time
Silicon Valley heavyweights are backing Scanadu, a scanning device that measure various body metrics wirelessly, and is mobile. The Scanadu is entered in the “Qualcomm X-Prize Competition“, and seems to be the front-runner to wind the prize of $20 million dollars
Discussion of the medical Scanadu needs a bit of background information to understand just what it is.
In the science fiction series, “Star Trek“, the tricorder was a handheld device that diagnosed medical conditions, by scanning the ill person, and recording and analyzing data.
Enter Qualcomm, a wireless technology company based in San Diego into the scene.
In May, 2011, the company created the Qualcomm X Prize, to be awarded to the team that, essentially develops a real-life Tricorder, that adheres to the following specific requirements: 1) that it be handheld, weigh less than 5 pounds
2) That is has the ability to diagnose 15 diseases in 30 patients over 3 days.
Now, at this point, perhaps we can maintain perspective of this idea of Qualcomm by reading some words of Sir Arthur Clarke, the author of Space Odyssey 2001:
“Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction: 1) It is impossible, 2) It’s possible, but it is not worth doing, and 3) I said it was a good idea all along.”
Qualcomm seems to believe that current recent growth in the technologies of wireless, broadband, artificial intelligence, etc make the creation of such a device possible. As Peter Diamandis , XPrize CEO said, “We launch X-Prizes when we think the technology is at a tipping point”.
So far, there is one leading contender for the prize, a start-up from Mountain View, California, called Scanadu.
Scanadu has assembled top scientists, and engineers at the NASA Ames Rearch Park in Silicon Valley to work on the project. Heading Scanadu is Peter Brouwer, who says that the development will be done in stages.
One of the first stages will be the device will collect internal information via the device from the patient who is ill. This data will be processed by a “tracking agent”, who then connects to the doctor for the diagnosis. This will, of course, keep the doctor involved, but will decrease the need for an office visit, and, moreover, the doctors’ office.
Scanadu hopes to accumlate mountains of data from social media generated ill person feedback. In addition, it is experimenting with a “hyperspectral camera”, which attempts to find if there is a color connection to certain diseases. For example, certain types of cancer may be associated with a specific color wave.
And recently, Scanadu acquired the services of Canadien Peter Jansen., who has done some independent work on his idea of a Tricorder. Dr. Jansen is a polymath, with a background in astro and optical physics, cognitive aritifical intelligence, and medical imaging. Whew! He believes that “Medicine must become an information science.”. See his BLOG. And, see the video below, to more fully understand Scanadu.
SEE VIDEO DEMONSTRATION OF SCANADU’S TRICORDER
Scanadu aims to create a commercially-viable medical tricorder in the next 3 – 5 years.
Advances in sensors, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing technology, along with the coming ubiquity of mobile phones, makes this device possible.
August 28: India ONLINE Conference:
Prof. Vijendra Jain: Management of CVJ Anomalies in Children - Personal Experience"
August 28: India Online Conference: Ped Neurosurg: Subodh Raju, MD "Surgical Options in Craniosynostosis"
July 22: John Giannios MD, Precision Medicine Leader, talks about "Precision Epigenomic Medicine of Incurable Solid Tumors "
July 20: John Giannios MD, Precision Medicine Leader, talks about "Precision Cancer Medicine in the Postgenomics Era"
July 19: John Giannios MD, talks about "NANOSURGERY FOR ERADICATION OF METASTATIC CANCER STEM CELLS "
July 20: Joe Krainin MD, Neurologist, Sleep Apnea expert, talk to A Fib expert, Steve Ryan Phd, meet and discuss AFib and Sleep Apnea
July 9: Iype Cherian MD, Neurosurgery Superstar, presents "Basilar Artery Dissection, for the ACNS Online Conference
July 9: Roberto Herrera MD: Presenting Case in Online Neurosurgery Conference, a New Wave of Conferences
July 9 Ramesh Nair MD, English Neurosurgeon, Presents a Few Skull Base Cases
May 3: John Byler, noted TBI Support Advocate, talks about his book, "You Look Great"
April 20: Catherina Borgenstierna of Sweden Presents her Robotic Assisted Eating Device, Bestic
April 19: Jon Dreyer of Nuance Healthcare Communication talks about New Dragon Voice Recording Platform
John Adler MD: Stanford Neurosurgeon: Inventor of Cyberknife: "Cureus.com and Innovative Medical Publishing"
March 27 "Diving into the Rhoton Collection": Iraqui Neurosurgeons Discusses
March 27: Bernardo de Andrada MD: Brazil Neurosurgeon: "Intracranial Meningiomas"
Victor Volovici MD: Dutch Neurosurgeon: " Petrous Bone: Cave of Wonders"
March 27: Peter Galkin MD: Russian Neurosurgeon: "Saphenous Vein Greaft for CAD"
March 27: Carlos Lllumiguano MD: Ecuador Neurosurgeon: "Pituitary Tumors: Surgical Indications"