X PRIZE Foundation Aims to Create a Mobile Health Data Analyzer Tool, Similar to Star Trek’s “Tricorder”

The X PRIZE Foundation, the leading nonprofit organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges of our time by creating and managing worldwide competitions, has announced a collaboration with Qualcomm Incorporated to design the Tricorder X PRIZE, a $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians.

The X PRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm seeks to achieve this by combining advancements in expert systems and medical point of care data such as wireless sensors, advancements in medical imaging and microfluidics.

The winning tool will enable consumers in any location to quickly and effectively assess health conditions, determine if they need professional help and answer the question, “What do I do next?”

Eugene Wesley “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr., son of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, commented, “it is great to see two amazing organizations – the X PRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm – bring the technology of Star Trek to life and make the Tricorder a reality for people everywhere.”

The X PRIZE Foundation will be collaborating with industry experts and advisors to complete the Tricorder X PRIZE design in 2011. It expects to launch the competition in early 2012.

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