E-Health will go a step further with the launch of Scanadu's Scout, a real-life tricorder that was presented months ago and that announced new features this week.
Scout is defined as a scanner packed with sensors designed to read individuals' vital signs and send them wirelessly to their smartphones. The device analyses in just ten seconds temperature, respiratory rate, electrocardiography , blood pressure, stress and oximetry levels.
The name “tricorder” comes from the fictional franchise Star Trek, where its characters used a multifunction hand-held device to scan, analyse and record data. Scanadu has managed to create a similar product to be used by anyone and anywhere.
On 22 May, Scanadu announced three upgrades. Gadget's sensors have been put up front, it's more rounded than before and It's built on the 32-bit processore Micrium platform that NASA used for Sample Analysis at Mars and the Rover Curiosity. In addition to the sensor, two ScanaFlo urine analysis paddles for testing for pregnancy and health problems will be included.
According to company's founder Walter De Brouwer, the Scanadu Scout is "a medical instrument that can almost replace a clinic."
Scout is also able to store previous results and patients can track changes in their vital signs, as well as share it with doctors and friends. It takes less than an hour to charge the battery, which can last for a week after a couple of uses.
Currently, the firm is looking for volunteers to use it and test it, in order to obtain the first results and modify, if necessary, the device.
Also, the team has launched a campaign on crowdfunding site Indieogogo to raise $200,000 for its development. So far, Scanadu has obtained more than $300,000, and announced that the first 1,000 supporters can secure the device, which is expected to be out in the first quarter of 2014, for $149.