Real Life Star Trek Medical Tricorder

UC Berkeley Professor of Bioengineering Boris Rubinsky and colleagues have just developed a handheld medical imager that looks just like the medical tricorder in Star Trek!

New handheld medical scanners coupled with regular cell phones resemble "Star Trek" tricorders and could see what ails you with a push of a button.

The invention, using off-the-shelf cell phone technology, would allow medical scanners to boldly go where none have gone before — to the aid of the roughly three-quarters of the world's population currently without access to ultrasounds, X-rays and other imagers used for everything from detecting tumors to monitoring fetuses.


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We already have Tasers, and they're sometimes abused by those in power (the local transit police were shooting people who hadn't paid their fares!). Can you imagine what they'd do if they had phasers?
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