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Real-life ‘Star Trek’ Tricorder

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55-year-old inventor and entrepreneur Walter DeBrouwer spent the better part of a year in the hospital with his son who had suffered a sever brain injury. While there, observing all the technology available to doctors today, DeBrouwer asked himself, "What would it be like if you could have the power of a hospital in your hand?"

Inspired by the original "Star Trek" television series, which featured the use of a medical "tricorder" that could instantly scan for bodily ailments, De Brouwer founded a company called Scanadu and went about inventing a real-life tricorder: the Scanadu Scout.

The circular Scanadu Scout, which will eventually retail for $199, fits easily in the palm of a hand and creates an electrical signal when placed against the forehead. That signal produces an electrocardiogram that records your respiratory rate, blood pressure and temperature. It also has PPG sensor that records your blood oxygenation.

Scanadu uploads the data to a mobile app, where you can check the results within 20 seconds. By storing your data, the app creates a history of your vital readings and establishes a baseline for normal measurements.

By placing this technology in the hands of the consumer, De Brouwer says people will become better educated about their health and better aware of warning signs. He also believes it can have broad economic benefits for hospitals, by cutting triage processing times and decreasing premature visits.

"If you know this information now about yourself, you know also where you have to go in the future to become healthier," he said. "You can make a plan."

The Scanadu Scout is available for preorder on Scanadu's web site.

 

 

 

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