$10 million offer made for inventing Star Trek 'tricorder'
Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X Prize foundation, speaks about the "tricorder" prize during a keynote address by Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm, at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 10, 2012. REUTERS PhotoA private research center recently challenged inventors to come up with a practical version of Star Trek's wondrous medical “tricorder” for a $10 million award, BBC reported.
The tricorder is used to diagnose diseases through a simple scan. The company requires the inventors to come up with a real, portable version that could scan and diagnose a set of 15 diseases.
The quest for the multi-million dollar prize was launched in a tech show in Las Vegas.
Though a full practice of the tricorder seems impossible for many people, the challenge is expected to fuel inventors to take on the ways of healthcare.
"It's not a single point solution. What we're looking for is to launch a new industry," the foundation's Chairman Peter Diamandis is quoted saying to BBC. "The tricorder that was used by Spock and Bones inspires a vision of what healthcare will be like in the future. It will be wireless, mobile and minimally or non-invasive."
A similar prize fight for a reusable spacecraft had been launched previously in 2004 and resulted in technological advancements that were later used by private companies.