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The 16-Year-Old Who Created A Cheap, Accurate Cancer Sensor Is Now Building A Tricorder With Other Genius Kids


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The $10 million Tricorder X Prize asks entrants to create a handheld mobile platform that can diagnose 15 diseases across 30 patients in just three days. A NASA Ames-based startup called Scanadu is working on a model that will cost under $150. But Scanadu is about to have some competition: a three-person team of Intel Science Fair finalists, led by Jack Andraka, the 2012 winner. The group of kid geniuses--they’re calling themselves Generation Z--is working on a smartphone-size device that can, according to Andraka, "diagnose any disease instantly."

In 2012, Co.Exist spoke to Andraka, a 15-year-old (he’s now 16) who won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for developing a nearly 100 percent accurate paper sensor that detects pancreatic cancer better than anything else out there--it’s over 400 times more sensitive, 168 times faster, and 26,000 times less expensive than today’s methods. We were the first news outlet to speak to Andraka; since our interview, he has become something of a media sensation. And on Wednesday, he hit TED’s stageto talk about his accomplishments.

How could a 15 year old win an international science fair?

A ton of hard work, and a lot of failures.

"Through the Internet anything is possible... I did all my research on Google and Wikipedia."

today's information open source is insane compared to when we were 16

That's so true. And hopefully it accelerates the creation of and sharing of knowledge.

holy crap there is an actual Tricorder X prize?  is it funded by same groups as Space X?

There is a Tricorder X prize; it's funded by Qualcomm and the X Prize foundation:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2011/05/13/x-prize-and-qualcomm-announce-10-million-tricorder-prize/

X Prize is very different from Space X.

X Prize is a non-profit foundation: http://www.xprize.org/about/who-we-are

Space X is a for-profit corporation: http://www.spacex.com/company.php

my mistake, the whole X moniker...

Qualcomm, great move on their part to sponsor such a prize (Motorola not interested?). But does this mean they get some rights to projects submitted, the eventual winner? Or is it more of a marketing/branding effect, in the form of a non-profit endeavor? Certainly it's something that gets the cream to rise...

The Tricorder X-Prize contest provides an powerful stimulus to development of this kind of technology. Whether the new device employs micro-miniaturized Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry or quantum teleportation remains to be seen but the results are bound to provide significant new thinking in not only the field of diagnostic medicine but across the entire field of science and technology.

Amazing.  I will  look for this.

For Qualcomm, it's more of a marketing opportunity than a chance to commercialize.

Motorola is owned by Google, which through its founders has a relationship with the X Prize foundation.

I see.I thought they only acquired Motorola Mobility (their IP), and not the whole company... [shrug].

speaking of Google x Motorola: Enter Guy Kawasaki! Interesting. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/04/google_hires_guy_kawasaki/

Google acquired all the people and products of Motorola Mobility too. In all that included about 20,000 employees (4000 of which got laid off). 

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/is-googles-acquisition-of-motorola-working-out/

Guy Kawasaki was a good choice. Android is shaping up to be a very good platform.

Well, yes.  I was a bit dismissive/incomplete.  

oh wow, that was a fairly detailed article, thanks.  Does digitaltrends typically have this kind of depth?

Typically, yes. Xconomy.com is usually even better!

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