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Real-life 'tricorder' brings a touch of Star Trek to medicine

Martyn Williams | Aug. 12, 2015
It's hard not to think about "Star Trek" when you see Scanadu's Scout health sensor.

The Scanadu Urine is a device for home urine tests that monitors protein, white blood cells, nitrites and other particles present.

The piece of plastic contains an array of small, chemically reactive pads on a small piece of plastic that change color depending on the characteristics of the urine. After about a minute of reaction time, you snap a picture of it with the Scanadu app and it deduces its measurements from the different color hues.

Alongside the reactive pads on the plastic strip are several color references to help with correct readings.

"In the future, I think our hospitals will be full of mobile devices," said De Brouwer, "and people will have real conversations with their doctors about real medical things because they will know a lot more than they do now."


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