Saturday February 20, 2016
Tricorder screening device
more stories from this episode
- Tricorder screening device
- Temporary Tattoo Sensor for Diabetes
- Breathalyser for cancer detection
- Anti-bleeding gel
- Tongue zapper for brain stimulation
- 3D-printed joints
- Web/Podcast only - Smart-E-pants for bed sores
- Dissolvable brain implants to monitor swelling
- 8 technologies that will change medicine
- Full Episode
It's hard to think about the future of medicine without conjuring up a mental image of Star Trek's tricorder. That's the wand-like, hand-held device Dr. McCoy would use to scan a patient, in order to diagnose what's wrong. It was pure science fiction, of course.. But as we're learning, science fiction is fast becoming reality.
In fact, there is currently a ten-million-dollar global competition going on, to come up with a real-life version of the Tricorder. It's called the Qualcomm Tricorder X-PRIZE, and seven teams from around the world have made the short-list. The deadline for this X-Prize is early next year. And one of the seven finalists is a Canadian team.
Dr. Sonny Kohli is the leader of the Canadian team, Cloud D-X. He's also an Attending Physician at Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Oakville, Ontario, as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton.
Cloud DX video