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Like the tablet and sliding door, the tricorder is a technology inspired by Star Trek that exists today as a reality. In the show, the tricorder was a handheld device used by the doctors to find out and diagnose the condition of patients. You could scan someone, and get everything you needed to know. This was the object of Qualcomm Tricorder Xprize competition: to build a tricorder. And Dr. Basil Harris did. That’s why it exists today.
“Being a long time trekkie and science fiction fan, this was awesome just to be part of,” says Harris.
In April, Paoli, PA-based Basil Leaf Technologies—under the name “Final Frontier Medical Devices”—was announced as the top winner of the $2.5M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. Sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation, the competition calls for teams to develop a consumer-focused, mobile device capable of diagnosing 13 medical conditions and continuously capturing five vital health metrics—all within a well-designed consumer experience. Villanova University Electrical and Computer Engineering adjunct professor Edward Hepler, PhD, serves on Basil Leaf Technologies’ Executive Board of Managers and was a member of the winning team.
The company’s prototype, DxtER, is a portable device capable of collecting and interpreting large amounts of data to accurately diagnose specific medical conditions, provide users with real-time insight regarding their health, and guide them to appropriate action. According to its press release, “Our device gives users access to continuous, reliable health data - the information patients and providers need to more effectively manage chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.”
Dr. Hepler, a technology leader with a broad range of experience in product and embedded system specification, design and implementation, was part of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE team that included physicians, engineers, designers, health policy experts, mobile technology and sensor professionals. His 35-plus years of experience includes designing high reliability processors used for electronic switching for Bell Laboratories, participating in various hardware and software projects for the Space Systems Division of General Electric, and developing chips for next generation Amiga machines at Commodore Business Machines. Most recently, Dr. Hepler held the position of Fellow (technical equivalent of Vice President), Embedded Systems Architecture at InterDigital Communications, wherehe provided the implementation architecture for 3G and 4G cellular modems and led a team that explored the use of “reconfigurable” computer architecture to implement a multi-mode (2G, 3G/R4, 3G/R7, LTE) modem.
An adjunct professor at Villanova since 1984, Dr. Hepler teaches courses in Digital Systems, Computer Architecture and VLSI Design.
By Mike Dougherty on June 14, 2017
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Star Trek fans know the “Tricorder” is a magical medical device that can read a person’s vital signs and much more in just seconds.
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“This is something to make doctors jobs more efficient,” he said.
He and the team Basil Leaf [Technologies] of Paoli brought the product to Lankenau Medical Center for a trial.
“My reaction was ‘Oh my God, this thing worked,’ and patients love it,” Harris said.
After winning the Qualcomm contest, now he says the real work begins.
“We’re going through clinical trials to get FDA approval for each of the components of the kit so we can build up the kit and get this thing out there to market,” Harris said.
Marvin Weinberger JUNE 13, 2017
The June Makers Meetup has it all: crazy disruptive med-tech (for use even by untrained consumers) - a self-funded David vs. many Goliaths - worldwide public health benefits -artificial intelligence - hometown heroes and, of course, Star Trek.
Ah yes, Star Trek. The original series profoundly changed our world culture ("I'm giving it all she's got, Captain"; "Beam me up, Scotty"; and, perhaps most famously, may you "Live long and prosper").
However, the technologies which Gene Roddenberry imagined have had an even greater impact. The dream of the 'Communicator' has become cellphones. Google has delivered on the idea of a 'Universal Translator'. And now, the 'Tricorder' has arrived to change the planet, 250 years ahead of schedule.
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Also, check out what Marvin has lined up in September: The 'Make' Revolution with Dale Dougherty --- We can't wait!
By SCOTT JUNG ON JUNE 15, 2017
It’s a laid back Friday evening in San Jose, but judging by his huge grin and enthusiastic handshakes, Dr. Basil Harris is as excited as can be. Harris has just arrived from the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE awards ceremony in Los Angeles, where he and his team were announced as winners of the grueling five year competition. In what could be considered a victory tour of sorts, Basil and his brother and co-inventor George made a stop in the Bay Area to show off their winning device before heading home to Philadelphia.
The event wasn’t a medical conference or technology symposium, however. Rather, it was a media welcome reception for the annual Silicon Valley Comic Con. Alongside Star Trek celebrities like William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols, Harris was invited as a guest to spend a few hours demonstrating his own contribution to Star Trek. From Harris’ big smile, you could tell that he was proud of his team’s accomplishment and enjoyed sharing it with the press. But the big highlight for Harris was when the show’s owner, Apple co-founder and tech legend Steve Wozniak, arrived to meet the guests. Excited, nervous, and a little starstruck, Harris gave a quick demo of DxtER to “the Woz”, even jokingly blaming his increasing heart rate readings on “the Woz’s” presence.
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