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Hand-held doctor

The Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE contest promises to hand over a total of $10 million to the best portable diagnostic device, similar to the one used by Mr. Spock in “Star Trek”. Contestants have come up with a profusion of fantastic ideas: analysis of a drop of blood on a miniature laboratory the size of a credit card, medical history performed by an artificial intelligence algorithm or diagnostics based on the analysis of video images of the throat. Ten finalists have been selected by the X PRIZE Foundation in charge of the competition. They have to present a device that can function on humans by 2015.