An incredible 34 teams for the Tricorder X Prize

The qualifying round of the Qualcomm Foundation-sponsored $10 million Tricorder X Prize has winnowed down the rumored 255 teams to a mere ($5-10,000 paying) handful. And not all of them are named Scanadu–they are included along with 33 others including Smart McCoy (named after ‘Bones’ on Star Trek), Phrazer and Photon Institute. Mobihealthnews has snap profiles of all 34 from Arkansas to South Korea and Aegle (from a Johns Hopkins University team) to Zensor (Intelesens) from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Telehealth round-up: the good, the bad, and the future

Getting the bad news out of the way first, the seemingly-eternal researchers have thrown their grappling iron into the ancient store of data from the now-only-historically-relevant Whole System Demonstrator data pool and dragged out yet another unexploded bomb that they have then endeavoured to detonate, in the form of a short research article.

Thankfully the explosive has deteriorated with age so (more…)

Scanadu Scout emerging for crowdfunding

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /]The Scanadu Scout [TTA 30 Nov 12], so widely touted as a ‘medical tricorder’ going for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, listed on Indiegogo’s crowdfunding platform yesterday, and is already 3x oversubscribed at $311,000 with 29 days to go. Scanadu connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth LE and from a forehead readng calculates temperature, respiratory rate, blood oxygen, heartrate, blood pressure and stress. However it has no FDA nor CE approval, thus is being ‘quantified’ as a research tool not a vital signs monitor, so you too can be a Scout.  $199 now is the entry price but multiple package deals are still available, but you’ll have to wait till March 2014 at the earliest. Complete with glowing videos. Indiegogo, Wired UK.

News Flash: The Gimlet Eye just texted Editor Donna with a better name; the Scanadu Nirvana, for the altered state the hordes of Quantified Selfers (QSers) are undoubtedly in.