Glove Tricorder helps doctors, might come to homes for self-health checks

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If you’ve watched any amount of Star Trek, you know that the coolest thing out of that show besides the gigantic starships and phaser ray guns was the tricorder. The idea you could use a single, non-invasive scanning device to figure exactly how a person was hurt was amazing.

Tricorders are a step closer to being actually real thanks the new Glove Tricorder by Med Sensation. Like a Star Trek tricorder, this wearable medical gadget could help doctors diagnose patients using a set of sensors that includes accelerometers as well as pressure and temperature modules.

As spotted by TechCrunch, this is the second prototype version of the glove. Currently, the glove is better suited as a training tool to teach aspiring doctors where and how to touch a patient during a breast cancer examination.

Eventually, though, Med Sensation plans on adding ultrasound pads to the fingertips of the glove. By adding ultrasound sensors, the glove could be used see what’s going on under the skin to check for any organ abnormalities.

The project originally spun out from a Singularity University’s graduate studies program started by two engineers, Elishai Ezra and Fransiska Hadiwidjana, and Harvard Medical School student Andrew Bishara. The project's creators hope to bring their creation to doctors' offices, and eventually make a version for home use.

This story, "Glove Tricorder helps doctors, might come to homes for self-health checks" was originally published by TechHive.

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