Meet the 34 teams vying for the Tricorder X Prize

By Jonah Comstock
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Phrazer

Phrazer -- Duluth, Minnesota

Phrazer, from GeaCom, is not a new name to MobiHealthNews readers, though it is a bit of a surprise as a Tricorder X Prize entry. When we wrote about the device in 2010, reading a patient's vital signs was a secondary function. Primarily, the device served in the role of another piece of Star Trek tech -- the universal translator. The device was designed to help patients who speak one of 100 different languages to communicate essential information to their doctors. In 2011, GeaCom inked a partnership with T-Mobile.

MESI Simplifying Diagnostics -- Ljubljana, Slovenia

MESI currently has one product listed on its website, a screening device for peripheral arterial disease. It measures both blood pressure at the upper arm and ankle-brachial index and takes only three minutes.

Nanobiosym GENE Radar -- Cambridge, Massachussets

We wrote about Anita Goel's Nanobiosym as a prospective Tricorder entrant back in 2012. Since then the company, which uses body fluid samples like saliva or urine to analyze for DNA or RNA signature each infectious disease carries, won the $525,000 grand prize at the Nokia Sensing X Challenge. In addition to the home diagnosis and monitoring market, Goel is aiming at the global health market, as the device can diagnose diseases without constant electricity, running water, or highly trained personnel.

Photon Institute -- Cracow, Poland

Led by Zbigniew Karkuszewski, the Photon Institute describes its primary operations as "development of custom made scientific instruments for spectroscopy, photonics, and pneumatics; design and production of experiment control systems with data acquisition; and development and applications of [their] own technologies".

PYTHIA -- Karpathos, Greece

PYTHIA is led by Georgios Bertos. A Georgios Bertos, likely the same one, works at medical device company Baxter Healthcare in Chicago, where he serves as lead R&D Systems Designer.

Luminar -- Newport Beach, California

Luminar Technologies is led by Stanford grad Austin Russell.

SCANurse -- London, United Kingdom

SCANurse, led by Anil Vaidya, is in stealth mode, but the company entered a Cambridge Wireless startup contest and posted a short description there. "The device will utilize both existing and new technologies and employ sensors in novel applications that breaks the mould of traditional diagnostic technologies," the company writes. "The success of the device will also involve of novel design form factors and user interface."