X Prize Foundation, the non-profit organization that has awarded millions of dollars for sub-orbital spacecraft and ultra-efficient automobiles, has announced a new competition in collaboration with Qualcomm. The competition (which is actually called the Tricorder X PRIZE) will award a $10 million prize to the developer of a mobile solution to diagnose patients as well, or better than, a panel of physicians.
According to the X Prize Foundation and Qualcomm, the winning design should integrate the latest in wireless sensors, medical imaging, microfluidics, and cloud computing. It should allow a user to assess health conditions anywhere, determine if they need further professional help, and overall answer the question, “What do I do next?”
The details of the competition are currently being decided, and the competition is expected to launch in early 2012, so get your creative juices flowing and help make yet another fictional piece of Star Trek technology become reality!