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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Jamie, Jun 30, 2011.

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  1. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Hi all,

    There is a new X prize coming up, to make a medical "tricorder" with a
    $10 million dollar prize, the exact details of the device requirements
    aren't released yet, but it made me start to think about cheaper and
    simpler ways to measure things..

    Here is the link to the prize:

  2. Jamie

    Jamie Guest


    What about using 3d ultrasound to image the heart and then also
    listening to it acoustically? I'm not saying this would work to
    determine blood pressure, but I know there is a lot of unused data in
    simple measurements that could theoretically be used. A lot of blood
    pressure depedent data will go into the ultrasound ADC's and the
    acoustic ADC, the tricky part is trying to figure out how to separate
    this from all the other variables that make up the 3D shape and sound of
    the heart. Ideally a simple measurement device would quantify as many
    variables as possible, that is the interesting part to figure out how to
    do that. I think a simple 1kV pulsed spark gap with good measurement
    circuitry could theoretically be used as a mass spectrometer with enough
    effort or also many other things!

  3. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Well, they've already done the huge flat-screen display and the "tapes,"
    which are multi-gigabyte "thumb" drives; I'm holding out for the replicator
    and the transporter.

    And warp drive, of course. ;-)

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