Semiconductor maker Qualcomm and the organisers of the X Prize have launched a new competition to build a ‘Tricorder', the fictional disease detecting device that featured in the popular Star Trek sci-fi series.
According to an article on The Telegraph, Qualcomm is offering a $10 million prize for anyone who successfully makes the device in the next 200 years.
The company said that the device must weigh less than 2.2 kgs and should be able to detect a minimum of 15 diseases. The Tricorder was first used by Dr McCoy in a Star Trek show which aired back in 1966.
The organisers announced the competition at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It was recognised that the device is not likely to be built in the near future, but if or when it is, it would be a major breakthrough in medical science.
"There is a dire need to improve access to healthcare globally and provide consumers with an opportunity to be active participants in their own health," Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation said.
"The Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE will incent the creation of technologies that can empower the consumer with the ability to decide when, where and how to seek health information and care."