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Real Life Star Trek Tricorder - Next Big Thing? - Save Lives?

Updated on June 28, 2013

The Scanadu

The Scanadu
The Scanadu

It was when his son fell 36 feet from a window in 2005 that Walder De Brouwer had to be at the hospital for a year with his son. Nelson, Walter’s son, had severe brain trauma. His son had to monitored daily and this included his vital signs.

De Brouwer, after looking at all the complex machines which took vital signs, decided to make a way to check vital signs easier. He wanted something that everyone could use. He asked himself, “What would it be like if you could have the power of a hospital in your hand?”. He was intrigued with the Tricorder used in Star Trek which would quickly scan an individual for health problems. De Brouwer started the company Scanadu and started his journey to create a real-life tricorder: the Scanadu Scout.

De Brouwer’s dream is now a reality and his device, which is circular in shape, will retail for $199 upon it’s release to the public. It is small and will fit in the palm of your hand. It creates an electrical signal when placed against the front of the head and that signal creates a electrocardiogram which measures and relays your respiratory rate, blood pressure, and temperature. It even has a PPG sensor that senses your blood oxygenation.

The data is then uploaded to a mobile app that has the results in a mere 20 seconds! It stores your data and creates a history of archives that teach you what your normal readings are.

De Brouwer was quoted saying, “If you know this information now about yourself, you know also where you have to go in the future to become healthier. You can make a plan.”

So, what do you think about this?

I mean, we all grew up watching Sci-Fi, fantasy, crazy new age gadgets. I remember when movies would start with “This is the year 2004” and I’d gasp. I’d immediately notice the flying cars and huge, endless skyscrapers. The crazy clothing that looked like a bunch of jumpsuits in bold, bright colors and the weird things people were doing. That’s what I thought it would be like. But, now that I’m there and gone I laugh at those movies and how strange and absurd they were. So, I guess what I’m getting at is, now that “space-age” technology is here, at least in a small way, what do you think?

I think it’s amazing. I can’t help but be amazed at the accomplishment of Walder De Brouwer. He is honestly an amazing man who is obviously very intelligent and very prepared to work for what he believes in. He took an idea. A childhood memory from a t.v. series. It was just a prop. Something fake and made-up, but Walder De Brouwer made it a reality. He made it something that you can buy and use everyday. It’s as simple as going online and ordering it for $199 dollars. Anyone with $199 dollars can expose themselves to something “space-age”. They can enter a new era of society and get something totally unseen in their hands probably within 5-7 business days (that’s normal shipping time now-a-days, right?). So, I think it’s amazing. I really do.

After reading this, make sure you answer the poll below. I want to know how the general public feels about this. I want to know if this Scanadu Scout is going to take off. Is Walter De Brouwer going to be the next face of medicine. Is he going to be the next Albert Einstein? I don’t know. I guess only time can tell. I want there to be another great mind for this world. Someone who uses their intelligence not to just make a quick buck but to save lives and make this world a better place for everyone. Walter De Brouwer did this for his son, but he also did this for the world. Now, maybe next time that someone falls 36 feet from a window there will be immediate help, instead of waiting... and waiting... and waiting. When you’re that badly hurt. When you’re near death. When all the odds seem against your survival, every second counts. Walter De Brouwer has given the world, and most importantly, the general population- the people -a way to know. He’s given them a light into the world that was once so dark. I mean, before there was no way to tell what was wrong with someone other than speculation, but his device, the Scanadu Scout, gives 100% accurate and reliable information that can not be argued with. He is giving you a hospital to hold in your hands.

Another good point is that it is so small. It’s like when people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs took a huge computer that filled a room and made a personal one. One that fit on your desk and looked good. I think we can compare Walter De Brouwer to Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. I think he has the potential to be that great! He took a hospital full of technology. Complex machines, expensive machines, huge rooms full of staff and put it in the palm of your hand. $199 dollars. $199 Dollars. That’s it. Palm of your hand, small white circular device. Pull across the forehead, electrical signal, Bam! You got it. It is really amazing. It is really amazing, what this man did.

Thin, Space-Age

Thin, Space-Age
Thin, Space-Age


Finally, I just want conclude with this. How do you think this will affect countries like Africa, poor parts of Asia? They don’t have big hospitals with huge amounts of machinery and staff to run them. What they do have is this and that is sick, hurt people who need something like the Scanadu Scout. The Scanadu Scout could be the god-send for these people. What if it’s the reason that these people are healthy and live better lives. The government spends enough on foreign aid, eh? Why can’t they send these out to those people and help the world that way. I like that idea. It’s like the saying, “You give a man a fish, he eats for a day. You teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime”. Let’s give these countries ways to care for themselves. There needs to be more people like Walter De Brouwer who can make these devices and distribute them to countries who need them. Let’s supply the world with what they need to not only survive, but to flourish. Handheld technology- small things that are easy to use -is the future of science and medical care. We need to give them a way to help themselves and I think Walter De Brouwer is the man to do it. Thanks for reading, let me know in the comments below what you think and make sure to answer the poll so I get a general consensus. My views may be different than yours, I know, but if they are let me know in the kindest way you can. Let’s talk, I want to know how the world feels about this technology, which, as you already know, is in my opinion such as wonderful and amazing achievement for society, the world, and Walter De Brouwer.

Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

Fits in the Palm of Your Hand
Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

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    • neilcook profile image

      Neil Cook 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks a lot Shyron! I appreciate the input, you're right- more options will give better results. And thanks so much for the shares, I appreciate it a lot.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Hi Neil, welcome to hub pages, there is no maybe in you poll. My husband could have used one in 2005, I wrote about him in Count down to a Miracle. Right now I don't know if I would buy it or not, so I did not vote in you poll. I did vote-up on your hub and useful and interesting and sharing with my fellow hubbers and posted on FaceBook.

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      Neil Cook 4 years ago from United States

      Wow guys! Thanks so much! It's great to get feedback like that from two such experienced hubbers. I really appreciate the honest review and the shares. And @au fait, I think I will be sleeping great tonight! haha!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Pretty cool little device. Sounds like the hardest part of it is getting that $199. Very interesting article. Voting it up, interesting, and will share with my followers. Maybe together we can all get that hubber score of yours up there so you can sleep again. ;)

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      Kristin Kaldahl 4 years ago

      I voted the hub up and interesting!!! I hadn't heard of this device. I also voted "no" on buying it only because I would want to hear about it's accuracy and reliability before purchasing it. However, after watching "Star Trek: Into Darkness" today, it sure does sound fun, doesn't it!! If it proves reliable and accurate, I'd buy it. Add a diabetes monitor to it, and it's totally mine!!