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$10m prize for ‘Star Trek’ gadget

$10m prize for ‘Star Trek’ gadget

A $10m (£6.5m) prize is on offer to whoever can create a Star Trek-like medical “tricorder”.

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The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize has challenged researchers to build a tool capable of capturing “key health metrics and diagnosing a set of 15 diseases”.

It needs to be light enough for would-be Dr McCoys to carry – a maximum weight of 5lb (2.2kg).

The prize was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, a tricorder is a portable “sensing, computing and data communications device”.

The kit captured the imagination of the show’s millions of viewers when it was first used in the cult series’ first broadcast in 1966.

New School Creative Writing Mfa In the show, which was set in the 23rd Century, the crew’s doctor was able to use the tricorder to diagnose an illness simply by scanning a person’s body.

Read More/Source: BBC News

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