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Walter De Brouwer, Founder and CEO, Scanadu.

Scanadu’s real-life take on the Tricorder, the Scanadu Scout, has already captured the imagination of health-tech wonks and consumers (who, in 2013, backed it to 1,662% of its initial funding goal) alike. Shaped like a hockey puck, the sensor- packed Scout can measure an individual’s temperature, heart and respiratory rates, oximetry and blood pressure. “This is the first time someone has been able to deliver blood pressure readings without a cuff or SP02 readings without a clip,” De Brouwer says. Some 4,000 Scout users are now participating in a Scripps Translations Science Institute trial. De Brouwer notes that the firm is “keeping in close lockstep with FDA guidelines.”

All of this is to say that De Brouwer’s vision of the future is, well, pretty darn cool. “We’ll see toothbrushes that measure fluoride, remember cavities and notify you of bad breath. Combs will screen follicles, report dandruff density and scan for fungus or lice,” he predicts. “For Scanadu specifically, our tools will help take the fear out of medicine. By giving consumers the power of data and knowledge, we will rewrite the future of our health.”

Read more.

Scanadu – Wikipedia.
Raised $35m – TechCrunch.
Website – Scanadu.
Indigogo campaign.