XPRIZE, in partnership with CBS, has launched Tricorder Federation, a new promotional website for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition, which will award $10M to the team that successfully creates a real life Tricorder that can make reliable health diagnoses anywhere, anytime. The new site’s app invites fans to upload a picture of themselves decked out in Trek uniform and will then create a poster comparing real life ailments to fictional Trek universe ones. The platform seeks not only to raise awareness for the XPRIZE competition itself but also for illnesses around the world that could one day be conquered by improvements in medical technology, like those advances envisioned in Star Trek.
The World’s First User Friendly Medical Tricorder
The new Tricorder Federation website is a community of Star Trek fans who wish to support the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE to bring Star Trek’s medical Tricorder to life. The XPRIZE competition already has 30 teams from 9 different countries competing to be the first to develop a truly accessible medical Tricorder that can provide medical diagnoses anytime, anywhere. As the Tricorder Federation website puts it:
Just think what the world will look like when healthcare is no longer stuck in, as Dr. McCoy would put it, “the Dark Ages.” When noninvasive diagnostic tools and treatments are as common as communicators…er, mobile phones.
The competition is incentivizing teams with an impressive $10 Million prize to create a medical scanner capable of monitoring and diagnosing conditions from anemia, diabetes (type 2) and pneumonia to tuberculosis and stroke. The winning team’s device will be the technology most accurately able to diagnose a set of diseases without help from a doctor or medical facility. Moreover, the winning Tricorder should be user friendly and able to target the consumer market, so the teams will also be judged on consumer experience with their device.
Join the Tricorder Federation
Interested in being a part of the XPRIZE contest but don’t have a team of super genius scientists and engineers willing to work round the clock to snag the $10M? Just like to dress in Star Trek uniforms and/or take selfies? Why not satisfy both of these cravings. Go suit up, take your Trek selfie, and enlist in the Tricorder Federation.