Build a tricorder and win $7 million!

If you happen to love Star Trek and its technology and have a little know -how, you could build your very own tricorder. But even better, if you build a tricorder, you could also win $7 million from Qualcomm.

As Star Trek fans know, a tricorder is a mobile device that allows Starfleet members to scan patients for illness and disease. They’re sort of like handheld MRI’s, but a lot cooler and a lot more portable and less claustrophobia-inducing.

According to the Qualcomm X-Prize Foundation:

The winners will be the three solutions achieving the highest diagnostic score regarding a set of 15 distinct diseases in a group of 15-30 people in three days (full details will soon be available in the Competition Guidelines). This diagnosis must be performed in the hands of a consumer, independently of a healthcare worker or facility.

The top three tricorder inventions will receive prizes, for a total of $10 million. How’s that for motivation?

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