If you could use an extra $10 million, grab your toolkit out of the garage and get to work—the X Prize Foudation is offering that sum to anyone that can build a working tricorder.
Check out the details after the break.
Today in the developed world, preventable medical errors in hospitals result in tens of thousands of deaths per year; preventable medication errors occur at least 1.5 million times per year; and, on average, adults receive only half of recommended care. In the developing world, billions of people have no access to medical care. The Tricorder X PRIZE will award $10 million to the team that develops a mobile solution that can inexpensively diagnose patients by combining expert systems and medical point-of-care data—such as lab-on-a-chip or wireless sensors, provide a recommended course of treatment, and upload all relevant data to the cloud. The prize aims to incentivize consumer empowerment in healthcare by extending the reach of health information and services to more people. As a result, seven billion people around the world can have access to low-cost, reliable, medical diagnostics, which will ultimately prevent pandemics and save lives.
One would imagine that a tablet or a smartphone would be a good starting point for this, but the contest won’t formally kick off until early 2012. In the meantime, start thinking.