From Star Trek Sci Fi to reality: Meet the medical TRICORDER device. Video.
Hospital in Your Smartphone is what Walter De Brouwer is promoting of his invention that he calls" SCANADU SCOUT". Walter is a Belgian entrepreneur who had to learn how hospitals work -- and don't work -- the hard way after his son suffered brain damage as the consequence of a fall.
His inspiration came directly from science fiction: "Star Trek was more than just a movie, it was a business plan," he told CNN's Nick Glass.The Star Trek TRICORDER:
PAST and PRESENT
Why the name?
It's called "Scanadu Scout" -- after Xanadu, an ancient city of great splendor and scientific progress, made famous by English poet S. T. Coleridge -- and the greatest thing about it is that it's not a design concept, nor a million-dollar prototype, but an actual product. After a successful crowdfunding round via Indiegogo, the Scanadu has began shipping to backers at the end of January.
How it works?
It is a tiny, round and white device and it works by placing it on one`s forehead.
Through its sensor, and in a matter of seconds, the Scanadu Scout measures heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, oxygen level and provides a complete EcG reading, that is send to your smartphone where there is an a proper application.
In Star Trek, the Tricorder was handled by a doctor, but De Brouwer thinks the most revolutionary aspect of the Scanadu is that it can be used by anyone:
"We've medicalised your smartphone. You can now check your health as easily as your email. People will no longer ask if there's a doctor on the plane, but if there's a Tricorder."