X Prize Foundation Offers $10 Million For Innovative Diagnostic Device
WBUR's CommonHealth blog: Coming Soon: $10M 'Tricorder' X Prize For Self-Diagnosis
Jim, I'm a doctor, not a device developer! Remember how in Star Trek, Dr. McCoy could point his tricorder at things and magically — oops, I mean, "scientifically" — determine all kinds of chemical components and medical diagnoses? The X Prize Foundation — best known for offering prizes for space flight and cheap genome decoding — is about to put up $10 million for the invention of a medical device in the spirit of that tricorder: It must be able to diagnose 15 common medical conditions within three days, with no intervention from a health care professional (Goldberg, 10/20).