Scanadu Scout: Star Trek’s Medical Tricorder Takes Form

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Scanadu has been working on what's basically a personal health monitoring device that, when placed on the forehead, senses personal health information and uploads it to your smartphone. The device is a torus about two inches in diameter and can monitor temperature, respiratory rate, heart rate and blood pressure.

The company founder and CEO Walter De Brouwer has announced at CES that there is now a working prototype and showed it off. However, the device needs FDA approval before it can be sold.

The era of personal health and fitness monitoring is exploding now that we have sophisticated smartphones in our pockets. And it doesn't stop there. Other wearable computing devices, even Google Glass, could eventually display our vital signs second by second. Wireless bloodstream implants to monitor body chemistry could be next.

The Scanadu Scout has been compared to Star Trek's classic tricorder from the original series nearly 50 years ago. But that show is frozen in time. Where we go next with modern hardware, and how fast, is anyone's guess.

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Comments

CudaBoy

Boy oh boy I can see a MESS of litigation if these devices are sold ANY other way than “entertainment purposes only” with a TON of indemnification included.

wab95

Thanks for the heads up, John.

Intriguing device. However the health monitoring and diagnostic device revolution is only getting started. Just think where it would it be if there had been no iPhone (and the legions of touchscreen phones in its wake)? Would anyone seriously argue that this would have happened with the pre-iPhone Blackberry or Nokia’s old Symbian quasi-smart phones? That neither today is a major player in the smartphone space, or as devices to power these new tools, is its own most eloquent reply.

Apple’s footprint is dynamic and growing.

Tiger

Will Olivia Newton John be their spokesperson?

They call it Scanadu!!!!!

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