Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize

By Heather Mack April 14, 2017
Compared to the time between now and Star Trek's 23rd Century, 2012 isn't too long ago. But it’s been long road for the teams of engineers who participated in the Qualcomm-backed Tricorder X Prize competition. There was immediate interest when the challenge to build a real-life Tricorder – a handheld medical scanner as depicted in Star Trek – was first announced at CES at 2012, with 255 teams...
By Jonah Comstock April 13, 2017
After more than five years of designing, building, and testing versatile, portable consumer medical devices, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize has announced a winner. Final Frontier Medical Devices, a small team led by engineer-turned ER doctor Basil Harris and his brother George (also an engineer) won the top prize of $2.6 million. Runner-up Dynamical Biomarkers Group will walk away...
By Jonah Comstock December 13, 2016
The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize has narrowed its finalists down to two: Taiwan-based Dynamical Biomarkers and Paoli, Pennsylvania-based Final Frontier Medical Devices. The final phase of the contest will involve user testing at the Altman Clinical Translational Research Institute at the University of California San Diego.  "It is an impressive achievement for these two teams to advance to the...
By Jonah Comstock April 27, 2016
Hospital communication company Voalte appointed a new CEO and Chairman, Adam McMullin. McMullin comes to Voalte via Hill-Rom, where he led the Clinical Workflow Solutions business. Trey Lauderdale, founder of Voalte and the current CEO, will stay on as President. "Adam is a phenomenal choice to lead Voalte as we embark on the next phase of growth for the company,” Lauderdale said in a statement...
By Jonah Comstock January 4, 2016
The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize has extended its deadline and tweaked the requirements for its seven remaining finalists, the group announced last month. Launched in 2013, the Tricorder X Prize is a $10 million competition to build a self-contained, handheld device for consumers that can diagnose a number of diseases and check several vital signs. “The accomplishments the teams have made so far in...
By Jonah Comstock August 27, 2014
The finalists have been announced for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, lowering the field from 22 companies that had not yet dropped out to just 10 that will compete for the $10 million prize in a series of hands-on trials of their handheld, smartphone-connected diagnostic devices designed for consumer use. “This is an extremely hard competition,” Dr. Erik Viirre, technical and medical director...
By Jonah Comstock May 7, 2014
Nanobiosym's GENE-Radar device It's been six months since the final 34 teams for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize were announced. The prize is being offered to the team that can create a handheld medical sensor with a user-friendly interface that can diagnose a list of common diseases and read a list of common vital signs. That list of 34 last year was for teams that had not only...
By Jonah Comstock February 4, 2014
Since the 34 teams competing for the Qualcomm Tricorder were announced in November, a few, like Scanadu, have caught the public eye while the vast majority remained in stealth mode. Now at least one team, Johns Hopkins University's Aezon, is poking its head out to crowdfund its entry on Indiegogo. The team is attempting to raise $10,000 to support its shot at $10 million. "So far we haven't had a...
By Jonah Comstock November 8, 2013
Teams have been preregistered for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize -- a handheld medical scanner competition backed by the Qualcomm Foundation -- for nearly a year. In fact, 255 teams were reported as preregistered last year. But representatives of the $10 million prize have now announced the 34 teams that have completed the full registration and paid $5,000 to $10,000 entry fees (depending on the...
By Jonah Comstock May 22, 2013
The updated Scanadu Scout. San Francisco-based Scanadu, which had planned to release it's tricorder-like SCOUT device by the end of 2013, is launching an Indiegogo campaign to sell the device. In an unprecedented move, the company is launching its crowdfunding campaign without FDA 510(k) clearance, with the intention of conducting the usability tests needed to get the clearance via the campaign...