Does it seem that the run-up to the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE has been going on forever? Perception is reality since its various stages have been taking place since 2013 and the $10 million award won’t be until early 2016. This past August, the finalists were narrowed to 10. Now two are teaming up: the best known, California-based Scanadu and (known to our Readers) Belfast-based Intelesens zensor in what will now be known as Team Scanadu/Intelesens. Team zensor also includes Northern Ireland-based Randox clinical diagnostics, CHIC (Connected Health Innovation Centre) as facilitator and CIGA Healthcare for self-test products. Scanadu shipped the Scout as a non-FDA-cleared working prototype only to its Indiegogo backers last year. Intelesens has developed several types of electrodes as wearable patches for hospital and home remote monitoring.
The next stage starts in June with diagnostic experience evaluations and consumer testing at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI). The winning teams must successfully create a device capable of diagnosing and interpreting a set of 15 medical conditions and capturing five vital health metrics. Intelesens release (PDF download)