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Better sensors could change the way consumers diagnose and monitor their physical ailments. So maybe your smartphone becomes an EKG monitor, or perhaps you buy a device that measures 5 vital signs at once as opposed to a digital thermometer. We learn more in this video.

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photo: Qualcomm

The combination of sensors and mobile networks are changing the way we interact with the health system. Maybe it’s the addition of a jacket on your phone that can monitor our heartbeat or even a program that allows a user to track their sleep, but the world of medicine is set for a big shift.

Qualcomm Foundation, a non-profit arm of the mobile chip company, hopes that it can incentivize scientists and developers to take advantage of this shift by building a handheld machine aimed at consumers that can diagnose 15 medical ailments based on sensors in the device. The inspiration for the contest was the Star Trek tricorder, and the contest registration extends until January with the prize being determined in 2015. There’s a second prize running in conjunction with that prize for medical sensors as Mark Winters, the senior director of the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE and Nokia Sensing X Challenge explains in this video below.

Winters spoke with me at our Mobilize 2012 show in San Francisco last week, and shared details of the tricorder X prize as well as some of the current research in medical sensing technology that may one day make it into a tricorder or even your smartphone. Enjoy.

  1. If you look at the xprize.org terms and conditions this little paragraph stuck out:

    “By posting Your Content, you are telling us that it is exclusively and truly yours, you are providing it gratuitously and without restriction, and that you agree to grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, right and license to use, reproduce, publish, translate, sublicense, copy, modify, delete, enhance, distribute and otherwise exploit Your Content in any way in connection with our Website or X PRIZE”

    That seems a bit rough.

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  2. Christopher William Crawley Friday, November 30, 2012

    BFD so its time~ read my space.com christopher crawley circa 2005 the pump pers universal muti-operational hard/soft platform but the now is http://www.Apollios.com

    SO big deal the 3-4 first res-ponders get a goog style-super platform/API/APP and integrate whats new,its just the goog glass/Apollios and my IP/TS big deal uh yeah really?
    try harder GIG and quit sukin up to Z aka panacea? yeah I am the grandfather of the google circles they say mimicry is the sincerest form of …. hehe get real and meet me in mountain view after 01-01-13 check my google event when it goes pub hehe and get the real skoop what a gapping/market hole haha~CWC

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  3. Christopher William Crawley Friday, November 30, 2012

    TY Dr. Jacobs u left it WIIIIID E OPEN maybe they will actually ask for ur opinion on my Apollios haha~CWC

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  4. Christopher William Crawley Friday, November 30, 2012

    nice top S they dont have a opportunity but the idea is a reach try my concept in 2013 haha my IP/TS camera dot-bar grants the USER a true revolutionary platform/w 3-4 responders and its a super platform/API/APP tell Jacobs hehe~ TY Mark hehe GL and tell Jacobs ur at least behind the times and on the right track in one market try harder and think bigger mk?-still behind but at least they spend their financial summary and make a attempt haha~~CWC

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