Time to order a Tricorder

Scan me, Scotty!

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When Star Trek was written in the 1960s the Tricorder, a hand-held, multi-function scanner and analysis device used in the series, was pure sci-fi. At the time, there weren’t many off-the-shelf sensors available, and those that were available had limited capabilities, were expensive, and were usually very large, so packing that much punch in a handheld device was pure fantasy. Today products that are Tricorder-like are readily available and real medical Tricorders are about to appear that will be much like the one that Bones McCoy waved around in the Enterprise sick bay. Beam me up, Scotty!

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The Node from Variable Technologies is an amazing sensor platform. The core of the system includes a 9 degrees-of-freedom motion engine (gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer) with two expansion ports on either end where you attach Node sensor modules, which include Chroma (accurate color measurement), Clima (pressure, humidity, ambient light, and temperature), Oxa (available for CO, NO, NO2, Cl2, SO2, and H2S), and Therma (infrared thermometer). With apps for iOS and Android and priced at $149 for the core, the Node is a remarkable package.

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The Sensordrone made by Sensorcon is another remarkable multi-sensor package that turns your smartphone into a CO detector, infrared thermometer, gas leak detector, light meter, breath analyzer, and weather station. It also reports proximity capacitance, altitude, and an add-on CO2 sensor is available. The Sensordrone also provides a built-in expansion port for adding any 0-3V Analog sensor or a digital (TTL UART or i2C) device, Priced at $199, it is a steal.

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The TellSpec is a laser spectrophotometer that will determine the allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories and ingredients in your food simply by analyzing the laser light reflected by the food it’s pointed at. The data will be sent by your smartphone to cloud-based analytic software and it will “track what you eat, and based on your reports of how you feel, help identify your food sensitivities.” A successful Indiegogo project, TellSpec, raised $198,285 on a goal of $100,000. Due to ship August 2014, the TellSpec’s end user pricing is not yet set.

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The Scanadu Scout is a medical data collection device. In concert with a smartphone and cloud-based analytics the Scout will measure, track and trend your temperature, respiratory rate, oximetry, ECG, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and monitor other vital signs. Scanadu recently received $10.5 million in venture capital (following an earlier $1.6 million round via Indiegogo) and the target for shipping the Scout is March 2014. Scanadu has also announced plans to build the Scanadu Scanaflo, a urinalysis system that will test for glucose, protein, leukocytes, nitrates, blood, bilirubin, urobilinogen, specific gravity, and pH, as well as detecting pregnancy.

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Due for delivery in late 2015, the winning product in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition will “be a tool capable of capturing key health metrics and diagnosing a set of 15 diseases. Metrics for health could include elements such as blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature. Ultimately, this tool will collect large volumes of data from ongoing measurement of health states through a combination of wireless sensors, imaging technologies and portable, non-invasive laboratory replacements.” The winning team will receive a prize of $10,000,000. Final price? Way to early to even guess.