I first caught wind of it when my friend, Marc Millis, posted some info to Facebook.
“The device you’re looking at is called the Scanadu SCOUT and, basically, it’s a medical tricorder that will give you precise vital information about any human being within seconds, just on contact.” ~Gizmodo
I actually know a member of the Scanadu team personally.
What are the implications of this device? How will it help us here on Earth and when we travel beyond Earth’s boundaries?
Could we anticipate an illness? I was sick recently and it affected posts to my blog. If I had known I was beginning to suffer from a virus, I could have anticipated my reduced effectiveness and written more for you without disruption to the flow of the blog. That is a very small example though. Where else could we improve our lives with such a device? I can imaging a number of ways a SCOUT would help solve certain problems.
The company has a couple of other nifty gadgets to monitor infections through urine and saliva samples.
“I’m not a hypochondriac, but it’s not hard to see the importance of these devices. While being able to monitor your own health would never eliminate the need for doctors, it could do wonders for everyone’s well-being. These cheap devices will keep track of your own health but, as I discussed with Scanadu’s founder, they can also be easily used to detect infection outbreaks at a national or planetary level, with people anonymously uploading data to a cloud. The Center for Disease Control or the World Health Organization can literally keep their fingers on the pulse of the entire planet. The possibilities are truly endless. No wonder Stephen Wolfram is one of their advisors. If they are successful, I can’t wait to see what people can do with all this anonymous data.” ~Ibid.
The real beauty is that you can monitor yourself. Out in the black, knowing our own health status may be crucial to ongoing projects. Our body systems evolved on Earth and funny things happen in microgravity.
Wouldn’t you like to know what’s going on with you? You may not be sick, you may just need to drink some water.^
*Seems like it will be easy to use
*Parental supervision may be prudent
*The devices could be well within reach or even free
^A nod to the book “You Are Not Sick, You Are Thirsty” by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj
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