Remember that fictional handheld device on “Star Trek” that lets Dr. Beverly C. Crusher quickly diagnose ailments and take health measurements? That may soon be a real life medical device.
If that device ever becomes a reality, doctors are going to be able to treat people a lot faster than they do now and actually prescribe medicine for an illness you actually have and not what the Dr. thinks you might have. We shouldn´t get our hopes up so soon but Mike Lazaridis, is starting a $97-million quantum technology fund that wants to commercialize technologies from research labs that he’s been funding, according to Bloomberg and that includes the medical tricorder.
“What we’re excited about is these little gems coming out,” Lazaridis told Bloomberg. “The medical tricorder would be astounding, the whole idea of blood tests, MRIs — imagine if you could do that with a single device. That may be possible and possible only because of the sensitivity, selectivity and resolution we can get from quantum sensors made with these quantum breakthroughs.”
“As envisioned for this competition, the device will be a tool capable of capturing key health metrics and diagnosing a set of 15 diseases,” the website for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize said.
“Metrics for health could include such elements as blood pressure, respiratory rate, and temperature. Ultimately, this tool will collect large volumes of data from ongoing measurement of health states through a combination of wireless sensors, imaging technologies, and portable, non-invasive laboratory replacements.”
The fund is called Quantum Valley Investments and is being financed by Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, co-founder of Canadian company Blackberry. Last year there was evena a $10-million global competition to create a tricorder device but so far, it looks like we have to wait a little longer.