Tricorder about to become a reality?

Interesting news item from IEEE Spectrum reports on the first prototype of a Tricorder medical scanning device. I was unaware that a Tricorder X Prize competition (in the same family as Space X for commercial space flights) was in progress.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/biomedical/devices/first-prototype-of-a-working-tricorder-unveiled-at-sxsw/?utm_source=techalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=032615

I love this kind of news because I enjoy thinking about how science fiction, and particularly Star Trek, inspires real life technical advances.

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