NEWER POST

When It’s Time for the Talk…About Alzheimer’s

OLDER POST

Eighties Pop Star Will Become Professor at Johns Hopkins

Health and Fitness, Money & Power, Schools

Johns Hopkins Undergrads Are In the Running for $10 Million Prize

1 Written by: | Monday, Mar 03, 2014 10:11am

Tricorder
If you’ve ever felt kinda funny and turned to the internet for self-diagnosis purposes, you probably ended up with a list of obscure diseases you were convinced you had, plus a panic attack.

There’s got to be a better way, which is where the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE comes in. The competition was launched to encourage inventors to develop a mobile self-diagnosis machine along the lines of Star Trek’s tricorder diagnosis device. To make it worth their while, the backers tacked on an impressive amount of prize money: $10 million. Yes, $10,000,000.00. And a team of Johns Hopkins undergrads are among 30 qualifying teams vying for the award.

The Hopkins undergrads have deemed themselves “Aezon Health,” which at least proves that they’re good at coming up with vague health-care-sounding names. They’re also good at the engineering part of things, too; the wearable device they’ve created an reportedly diagnose 15 conditions ranging from urinary tract infections to pneumonia to HIV, based on vital signs and other data. (Read more about how the thing actually works here.) Finalists will be announced in September; keep your fingers crossed on Aezon’s behalf.
complete_box_logo2
As you might expect, some of the teams they’re vying against have a lot of money, and also aren’t college students. But what the Hopkins team lacks in experience, they make up for in gumption; their crowd-funding campaign on IndieGogo has already raised several thousand dollars. Donate here, if you are so inclined.

Leave a Reply

  • chemjim

    Rachel, some editor or proofreader misspelled ‘actually’ for you and removed the link to how the gizmo works. Not sure which bothers me more…



NEWER POST

When It’s Time for the Talk…About Alzheimer’s

OLDER POST

Eighties Pop Star Will Become Professor at Johns Hopkins

Most Comments This Week

5

Being Joan Rivers (in Baltimore)

Written by Nancy Murray

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 7:10am

1

RoFo Arena: It Is What It Is

Written by Robert OBrien

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 8:06am

1

Starbright Farm…a destination, indeed

Written by Amy Langrehr

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 12:58pm

1

Smart People Get Prizes

Written by Rachel Monroe

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 9:40am

Recent Comments

genese
How Far Will the BPD Go to Preserve Police Corruption?

"I apologize but I am glad u are no longer a supervisor in BPD. So let me get this right....

JBD
Smart People Get Prizes

"cool story - thanks!

curiousnick
27 Shots of Baltimore That Will Make You Glad you Live Here

"So Baltimore is just the Inner Harbor?? That's certainly not why I love it. Here's my...

Felicia Watson
Do You Like Living in Baltimore? The Mayor Wants to Know

"I love living in the city I hate that phony mayor...She can post on national tv be some...

Dominick Robinson
Do You Like Living in Baltimore? The Mayor Wants to Know

"To clean up Baltimore one must keep it real to self,what do I mean? If I sell drugs on a...

 

 

 

 

Find Doctors on ZocDoc