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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Real life Tricorder



Star Trek had some nifty gadgets. One of the more useful ones is becoming real. The medical tricorder was pretty amazing. A few seconds scanning someone with that little device and they knew exactly what was wrong with the person.

Now a number of companies are closing in on an X prize for the development of a real life device that can do what was only possible in Science Fiction.

This is going to be huge. Right now they are focusing on 16 conditions. That's where it's starting. We all have seen how fast electronic devices can be improved. Before long we'll begin to think of it as a Doctor in a Box. Imagine what that will do for treatment of disease in poor countries. Now think what it will do to the high price of medicine all over the world.

People will no longer have to suffer long waits for their test results to get back from the lab. The sooner a problem is discovered, the sooner it can be treated. If everyone had access to such devices, we'd be able to take better control over our own health.

Imagine if such devices come down in price so that every household could have one. They could be a standard part of all first aid kits.

I'm not usually the first to adopt new technology, but as soon as these become available for the civilian market, I'm going to seriously consider buying one. Could I afford not to?

-Sixbears

13 comments:

  1. I can see several ways it will be miss used.

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    1. Me too. That's why I want one of my own. Knowledge is power.

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  2. I would prefer to be my own doctor, for sure.

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    1. What to bet that the medical profession will want to keep them out of civilian hands?

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  3. Do you you really trust the Medical Mafia.To give you a device to help yourself.Come on man. You know better.They want control. This is a tease.Just like a stripper gets you excited then.Same thing here.

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    1. I'm betting the technology will be limited to "professionals" but then it'll be reverse engineered by the home hobbyists.

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  4. It would be nice to have one of these...just in case!

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  5. most probally be based on a rasberry mini computor
    with off the shelf add ons

    Wildflower

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    1. I'm sure something could be cobbled together.

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  6. Great, until it develops a fault and misdiagnosis occurs. Not to mention the deskilling of medical staff as they give up diagnosis and rely on the machine.

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    1. Looking at some of the doctors I've been stuck with in the past makes me want to take my chances with the machine.

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    2. Actually, it's probably still going to take a medical type person to look at the data and figure out what the problem might be. Getting lab results, an EKG, pulse oximetry, and all that is great information, but it's still kind of like looking up your symptoms on WebMD. You can scare yourself silly and think you're dying of cancer or heart attack, when really you just have a urinary tract infection or overdid it on the caffeine.

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