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This Star Trek–inspired ‘tricorder’ can diagnose 13 different conditions

This is the voyage of two brothers from Pennsylvania who boldly went where no diagnostics device–maker has gone before. An emergency medicine physician and a network engineer led a team called Final Frontier Medical Devices to develop a Star Trek–inspired device that yesterday won the international Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, The Washington Post reports. The new device can read health vitals such as heart rate and blood pressure, and diagnose 13 conditions including diabetes and pneumonia. The team began its “five-year mission” in 2012, with the goal of inventing a home-use health monitoring tool that can send data directly to an iPad or smartphone.

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