What if there was a device the size of an iPad that contained the power to diagnose in real-time the world’s most devastating diseases? Now, what if the diagnostic tests themselves could be processed at a fraction of the current system’s costs?
It’s midnight, a child is running a high fever, and the hospital is a long way away. Instead of panicking and rushing him to the emergency room, his mother puts a device on his forehead that reads vital signs like Dr. Spock’s tricorder on “Star Trek.” The device sends the data to a physician via the Internet, and the mother receives her son’s diagnosis. It’s just a common cold, treatable with Tylenol, orange juice, and plenty of rest.
A long distance drive can be lonely with only a radio for company, and if the driver is stressed or tired it becomes dangerous. A car that could understand those feelings might prevent an accident, using emotional data to flag warning signs. Sensors could nest in the steering wheel and door handles to pick up electric signals from the skin. Meanwhile a camera mounted on the windshield could analyze facial expressions.
From smartphone-based stress tests to wearable devices that could "revolutionize" urological diagnosis, sensors to gauge health conditions are advancing by leaps and bounds. They'll have to--if anyone actually wants to create a medical Tricorder.
Last week, judges of a global competition to develop new healthcare technologies for mobile devices, operated by the Playa Vista-based nonprofit organization XPRIZE Foundation, selected 12 teams to move on to the final round of competition.
A panel discussion at SXSW Interactive 2013 titled “Sensor Technologies: The Future of Health?” pondered the role of sensors in tomorrow’s medical technology. Among the panelists was Mark Winter, senior director of the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize and the Nokia Sensing X Challenge, both of which provide big cash prizes for sensing breakthroughs.
When illness strikes it's not always easy to set up a doctors appointment, but soon you might not have to. A portable device that can instantly take vitals and detect disease might be ion the way.
The X PRIZE Foundation and Nokia today announced the launch of the Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE, a $2.25 million global competition to stimulate the development of a new generation of health sensors and sensing technologies that can drastically improve the quality, accuracy and ease of monitoring a person's health. Improvements in these technologies will empower individuals to effortlessly monitor and collect their own real-time health data, providing both consumers and healthcare providers convenient access to critical information whenever and wherever they need it.
When the X PRIZE Foundation's Peter Diamandis took the stage in San Diego this morning at the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) annual convergence summit, he said it was the perfect audience for announcing the foundation’s newest competition—the "Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE."
The X PRIZE Foundation and Nokia has announced the launch of the Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE, a $2.25 million global competition to stimulate development of new generation of health sensors and sensing technologies that can drastically improve the quality, accuracy and ease of monitoring a person's health.