Next month is the deadline for submissions to the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize (If you haven’t already registered, you’re too late). Thirty teams are working on a tool that can capture health information and diagnose a collection of 15 diseases. Come September, 10 finalists should be selected to move on to building full versions of their devices.
In between now and then, there will be a promotional comic book. Give the origins of the prize name, it’s not as surprising as it seems. In a special Star Trek comic out in July, the six doctors from the Star Trek television series will join forces to fight a virus. The special is called Flesh and Stone, and is published by IDW. The XPRIZE Foundation is involved as well. However, not many details are available, aside from a possible cover (which includes three tricorders).
I dig the Star Trek, so I’m interested. But given how far along things are in the competition, I don’t know how effective the book will be in promoting the Prize. I’ll have to wait and read it to see.