Finalists named for Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize


Ten teams from across the globe were announced on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 for the final round of the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize. The goal of the competition is to build a mobile diagnostic device akin to the fictional Tricorder of “Star Trek” fame.

Clarke Center researcher, Dr. Erik Viirre, is also the Medical Director of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize. Viirre states, “It’s just a super hard competition. The XPrize is like the Olympics, and the Olympic event I think about for this XPrize is the decathlon. The technology we will have in the Tricorder — instead of just one single thing like blood pressure or diabetes — will (monitor) many, many aspects of your body’s function.”

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Pictured Above:  Robert Picardo (Actor, Star Trek Voyager), Rod Roddenberry (producer and son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry), Mat Grob (CTO of Qualcomm Inc), Dr. Harry Kloor (Physicist and Star Trek writer), and Dr. Erik Viirre. Photo courtesy of Harry Kloor.

 

For the list of the ten teams competing, click HERE

Additional information can be found in the following articles:

San Diego Union Tribune

BBC

USA Today

Information Week