Bones could diagnose anything with that handy medical tricorder, and now we are one step closer to having our own version of his handy gadget. The Scout is a small diagnostic tool that can tell you your vitals, temperature, oximetry, ECG, heart rate and stress levels after holding it to your forehead for just ten seconds. The results from the Scout are then synced to your smartphone so you can track your health on a daily basis, not just when you’re sick.
The idea for the Scout came from company founder and CEO Walter de Brouwer after his son was hospitalized following an accident. He spent a lot of time staring at constant readouts of his son’s health and once they were gone, realized there should be a way for all of us to access that information anytime.
Scanadu, a company based at the NASA Ames Research Center, released a prototype about 6 months ago and has just now gotten to the point where they are launching it as an IndieGoGo campaign. The first 1000 people to back the device for $149 will get theirs ahead of the general public with additional backers being able to grab theirs for $199.
Devices are expected to ship in 2014.
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