Tricorder X Prize

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Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE
Awarded for developing a device that can "diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians"
Country Worldwide
Presented by X PRIZE Foundation (sponsored by Qualcomm)
Reward(s) Grand Prize US$7 million
Second Prize US$2 million
Third Prize US$1 million
First awarded 2014
Official website

The Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE is an inducement prize contest, offering a US$10 million Grand Prize, US$2 million Second Prize, and US$1 million Third Prize to the best among the finalists offering an automatic non-invasive health diagnostics packaged into a single portable device that weighs no more than 5 pounds (2.3 kg), able to diagnose over a dozen medical conditions, including whooping cough, hypertension, mononucleosis, shingles, melanoma, HIV, and osteoporosis.[1][2] The name is taken from the tricorder device from the science fiction TV series Star Trek which can be used to instantly diagnose ailments.[3][4] The prize was announced by the X Prize Foundation on 10 May 2011 and subsequently launched on 10 January 2012 at CES 2012.[5] Devices will be sent to the USA to be independently tested on patients during the winter and spring of 2015.


The finalists include:[1]

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  1. ^ a b Finalists selected for $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize, CNET, 27 August 2014
  2. ^ 8 Star Trek Technologies Moving From Science Fiction To Science Fact, Forbes, 24 June 2014
  3. ^ Boyle, Alan (13 May 2011). "'Trek' tricorder could win $10 million". Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Zehn Millionen Dollar für den "Star Trek"-Trikorder" (in German). Der Spiegel. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Star Trek-style 'tricorder' invention offered $10m worth prizes". BBC. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2012.