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Scanadu Brings Star Trek Medical Tricorder to Reality

By: CBS/CNET.com
By: CBS/CNET.com

A medical tricorder, as seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

A medical tricorder, as seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Decades after Star Trek made famous the small scanning device that could read your vital signs, the medical tricorder is now ready for prime time.

The Scanadu can take everything from your heart rate to your blood pressure to your temperature in just ten seconds.

The medical tricorder that could scan your body for vital signs has gone from science fiction to science fact.

This small device, called the scanadu, along with an accompanying smartphone app, can read your vitals in 10 seconds, with what the company says is 95 percent accuracy.

Walter De Brouwer, the Founder and CEO of Scanadu explains, “We have a whole range of things you could actually measure, but the most important are the vital signs: these are temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rates, oxygenation and heart rate.”

The Scanadu works by holding the device up to your temple.

Creator Walter De Brouwer came up with the idea after an accident put his son in the hospital for a year. The applications could be far reaching, especially if the device gets f-d-a approval and can be used by doctors.

It’s been a sort of dream come true for this star trek fan.

Brouwer says, “They never would have thought a prop out of a science fiction series would one day, probably, disrupt the complete healthcare system.”

Currently you can only pre-order the device for $199 through the company’s IndieGoGo fundraising campaign. The device is set to ship in March 2014.

Scanadu is also developing disposable urine tests that could detect a variety of conditions including abnormal glucose levels, liver and kidney problems, and even track your pregnancy. Once the device has been approved by the FDA, it will be sold to the general public.

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