San Diego-based Qualcomm‘s $2.6 million competition to create a Star Trek-like medical “tricorder” was clinched by a Pennsylvania team led by two brothers.
The Qualcomm Foundation and the XPRIZE Foundation awarded the top prize to Final Frontier Medical Devices, led by brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and George Harris, a network engineer.
A second-place prize of $1 million was granted to a Taiwan-based finalist, Dynamical Biomarkers Group, led by Harvard Medical School Associate Professor Chung-Kang Peng, Ph.D. and supported by HTC Research.
Dr. Paul Jacobs, executive chairman of Qualcomm, and Dr. Peter Diamandis, executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, announced the results at a ceremony on Friday in Los Angeles.
“It is very exciting that our vision of mobile, personalized patient-centric healthcare is getting closer to becoming a reality thanks to the great work of the Qualcomm tricorder XPRIZE teams,” said Jacobs.
“Creating technology breakthroughs in an industry as complex as healthcare is quite a milestone, and what these teams accomplished is a great stepping stone to making mobile healthcare a viable option across the world,” he added.
Launched in 2012, the global competition challenged teams to develop a consumer-focused, mobile diagnostic device inspired by the medical “tricorder” of “Star Trek“ fame, first shown to TV viewers more than 50 years ago.
Final Frontier developed an affordable device named “DxtER” that can diagnose and interpret a defined set of 13 health conditions to various degrees, while continuously monitoring five vital health metrics.
A total of 312 teams were involved in the international competition, with six finalists emerging.