Trekkies everywhere are familiar with what’s called the tricorder, which could diagnose what was wrong with you as easily as scanning your groceries at the market. A lot of things we’ve seen in sci-fi movies and TV could become a reality some day, so is a real life tricorder on its way?
A device that sorts cells using acoustic waves could lead to the creation of miniature medical analytic devices that fit in a pocket.
I was never all that crazy about the original Star Trek series, but I've seen every one of the movies and thoroughly enjoyed watching Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG).
Star Trek-style Tricorder medical scanners are a step closer to reality, say scientists, following the discovery of a new way of creating electromagnetic Terahertz waves - as currently used in full-body security scanners.
The X PRIZE Foundation, together with Qualcomm Foundation, has announced a new $10 million prize: for anyone that can come up with a Star Trek-style medical 'tricorder'.