Scanadu Scout, The First Medical Tricorder

Scanadu Scout, The First Medical Tricorder

Jul 08

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RELATED LINKS:

• Scanadu Scout Website
• Scanadu Scout Blog
• Scanadu Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo

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STAR TREK’S TRICORDER BECOMES REALITY WITH SCANADU’S SCOUT
By Emily Price
Mashable
May 22, 1013

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If you’ve been longing for the day you can just scan your body at home to find out what’s wrong when you’re sick rather than head to the ER — your day is here.

Meet Scout, a device that can monitor and track your vital signs, temperature, ECG, heart rate, oximetry and stress by just holding the it up to your forehead for 10 seconds.

As simple as it sounds, to use the device you simply hold it against your forehead and wait. Results are synched from Scout to your smartphone, where you can track your health over time. On a basic level, you can see that your temperature or heart rate is elevated from the norm at any given time. On a larger level, you can also see potential problems headed your way by noticing abnormalities before they become physical issues.

Scout was created by Scanadu, a company based at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. The company released a prototype of the device 6 months ago, and since that release has been working on perfecting the experience. Wednesday, it is re-releasing the product in the form of an IndieGoGo campaign, where the first 1000 backers can pick up their own — before they ship to the public — for $149. Additional IndieGoGo backers will be able to buy a Scout for $199.

The idea for Scout came to Scanadu founder and CEO Walter de Brouwer while his son was in the hospital after an accident. After spending a great deal of time in ICU, Brouwer started to pay attention to the outputs from all the machine’s his son was hooked up to, and look for trends and abnormalities in those outputs.

When his son’s health improved and the machines disappeared, he found himself missing that data and wanting it back.

“We need an instrument or tool in that battle for the ownership of the data that comes out of our body,” de Brouwer told Mashable.

His desire to have that data led him to the creation of Scout. The idea behind the device is to bring the hospital experience, at least the data portion of it, into people’s homes in an easy and affordable way.

The updated device is now built on Micrium, the same real-time operation system for SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) on the Mars Curiosity rover. That gives it not only the juice to run, but also the power to be relevant many years into the future.

In addition to Scout, Scanadu has also created a saliva test that can determine quickly if you have anything from the flu to strep throat, and a urine test that can test your glucose levels, as well as protein, nitrates, blood, and yes, even tell whether or not you’re using drugs or are pregnant.

Tests are done using a smartphone, taking a photo of the paddle before and after you pee on it. The phone analyzes the difference in colors of the test strip between the two photos and provides instant results.

“Today’s urine tests are really hard to use and the results are not easy to interpret” said Aaron Rowe, Research Director at Scanadu. “Scanaflo will make it simple for pregnant women to monitor themselves for complications between appointments with their doctor.”

Scanadu has recently received its first batch of 6,000 paddles for the urine test, and plans to begin clinical trials with them in the coming months.

You can sign up to support Scanadu’s Scout on IndieGoGo now. The first Scanadu devices are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2014.

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MEDICAL TRICORDER STARTUP SCANADU SCOUT RAISES OVER $1.3M WITH TWO WEEKS LEFT
By David J. Hill
Singularity Hub
July 8, 2013

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Over the years, it has become increasingly evident that Star Trek is a highly influential — if not the most influential — work in science fiction that has inspired generations of people to pursue science and technology careers. Every day we edge closer to many of the show’s imagined 23rd century technologies, but perhaps the one that arguably has been the most sought after is the tricorder, a device with sensors that can scan, analyze, and record data on pretty much anything. While an environmental tricorder that analyzes a geographic region would be advantageous for scouting new frontiers, it was the show’s medical tricorder able to detect injury and disease rapidly that held such a degree of technological wonder that it almost seemed magical or otherworldly.

But not any more — a first version of a medical tricorder is within reach, thanks to a startup named Scanadu.

The device, called a Scout, is a handheld, disc-shaped sensor that when placed against the forehead for 10 seconds, will monitor vital signs, including temperature, respiratory rate, blood oxygenation, heart rate, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Additionally, it performs an electrocardiogram and assesses “stress” as a custom metric. The Scout transmits these data to an integrated smartphone app that can record, track, and analyze vital signs providing a single “comprehensive healthfeed” for multiple users.

And the Scout isn’t just a crazy proposal — it’s a real device that was recently profiled on Bloomberg TV and is coming to stores next year.

To help bring the device to market, Scanadu recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with a modest goal of $100,000 to help bring the device to market. Amazingly, that goal was smashed in just two hours. To date, the campaign has raised over $1.3 million with the help of nearly 7,000 funders.

Now Scanadu has been able to raise funds in the past, as it did in 2011 when it brought in $2 million from investors, and has enjoyed support from NASA, as the Singularity University startup is located at the AMES Research Park in Silicon Valley. Crowdfunding, however, provides a sense of consumer reception and demand for a product.

With a few weeks left still, the success of this campaign bodes well for the Scout’s and Scanadu’s future. In fact, the startup has even laid out plans for its next device: the ScanaFlo, a disposable paddle that will convert a smartphone into a urine analysis reader to measure levels of glucose, protein, leukocytes, nitrates, blood, bilirubin, urobilinogen, specific gravity, and pH. It will even perform pregnancy tests.

The good news is that there’s still time to get the Scanadu Scout through Indiegogo. Head on over to the campaign page before July 11 to reserve a device and get your Star Trek on.

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ADDITIONAL ARTICLES:

Star Trek’s Tricorder to Become Reality
CNBC

Scanadu’s Scout: The Sensor With Heart
Forbes

Scanadu’s medical ‘tricorder’ sets record for fastest funding velocity on Indiegogo
GigaOM

A Star Trek Tricorder? ‘Scanadu Scout’ Health Monitor Surges Past Indiegogo Funding Goal
Time

A Real-Life Tricorder Is Now Available For You To Buy And Scan Yourself
Fast Company

Hands-On With The Scanadu Scout, The Health Gadget That’s Crowdfunding Its Way To FDA Approval
TechCrunch

Scanadu finalizes Scout tricorder design, wants user feedback to help it get FDA approval
Engadget

Medical tricorder Scanadu approaches launch
USA Today

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