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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 03:54 PM

Holy Spock! The Star Trek Medical Tricorder Is Real, And It’s Only $150

Holy Spock! The Star Trek Medical Tricorder Is Real, And It’s Only $150

The device you're looking at is called the Scanadu SCOUT and, basically, it's a medical tricorder that will give you precise vital information about any human being within seconds, just on contact.

It's very real and it works now. I tried it myself, and knew I was looking at the beginning of a personal health revolution. Star Trek-level stuff. Except it's coming at the end of 2013.

And it's not only SCOUT—the company has two other devices—ScanaFlo and ScanaFlu—which are like having your own medical labs to go. Best of all, those two are so cheap that they are disposable.
SCOUT will not be disposable, though. The unit is a tiny hardware device that reads your vital health information on contact. You simply place it on the left temple and, in less than ten seconds, it will read your pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability and blood oxygenation. Then it sends this information to an app on your iPhone or Android phone, which displays it for you. You can even store your vitals for tracking, which could prove fundamental to many health situations at home.

Watching SCOUT at work was something almost magical, like having one of those giant health monitoring units reduced to a slice of plastic that fits on the palm of your hand. Which, actually, is exactly how it became to be.

http://gizmodo.com/5965143/holy-spock-the-star-trek-medical-tricorder-is-real-and-its-only-150

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Reply Holy Spock! The Star Trek Medical Tricorder Is Real, And It’s Only $150 (Original post)
The Straight Story Dec 2012 OP
gcomeau Dec 2012 #1
longship Dec 2012 #2
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #3
unblock Dec 2012 #5
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #7
unblock Dec 2012 #8
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #9
whatchamacallit Dec 2012 #4
edbermac Dec 2012 #6
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #10

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 03:57 PM

1. A Hypochondriacs dream gift... -eom

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Response to gcomeau (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:01 PM

2. DUzy!!

Your post is DUzy Award worthy.

Too bad DUzies are gone.
But, if they weren't, you'd have a sure nomination here.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:02 PM

3. Where was that stuff when I was a medic?

It could have made assessment that much faster... assuming it works as stated.

If it did blood pressure it would speed up patient assessment.

Downside. teaching people valuable skills such as taking a pulse, might go the way of the dodo.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:07 PM

5. amen to that! i had a hell of a time trying to hear a pulse over the noise from the rig!

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Response to unblock (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 05:52 PM

7. <---cardiology expensive, $150.00+ litman sthethoscope

In the 1980s no less, as a volunteer.

I still have it.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:19 PM

8. i had a littmann myself. very nice.

but still had trouble hearing over the rigs, which were very noisy even when idling.

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Response to unblock (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:23 PM

9. Code three over unimproved roads

Yup, those were the days...

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:02 PM

4. Shouldn't it be Holy Bones! n/t

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 04:30 PM

6. "He's dead, Jim"

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Response to edbermac (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:28 PM

10. One of the rare cases in which...

...the deceased was not wearing a red uniform.

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