In March 2012 details were published regarding the creation of a Linux-powered Tricorder, modeled on the Star Trek device of the same name, but Qualcomm has taken the concept a few steps further. The Linux-powered unit tracks a range of environmental data but Qualcomm’s Tricorder X competition calls for a “portable, wireless device in the palm of your hand that monitors and diagnoses your health conditions.”
Qualcomm announced at their CES 2013 keynote event that registrations for the Tricorder X Prize competition’s registrations will officially open today. So far some 250 teams have pre-registered for the competition which, with a $10 million prize at stake (as well as a lot of medical fame), isn’t all that surprising.
The final winner’s announcement hasn’t been dated precisely but should take place in late 2015 or early 2016 so prospective teams still have a fair amount of time for research and development. Before the winners are announced the Tricorders will be deployed in the field for consumer testing.
Source: via Engadget