07/16/2012 08:49 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Science Fiction Reality in the Palm of Your Hand

2012-07-17-Don_Jones_headshot_150x150.jpgBy Don Jones
Don is Vice President of Wireless Health, Global Strategy and Market Development at Qualcomm.

It's been exciting for me to play a role in the convergence between wireless technologies and health over the past 10 years and I see the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE competition as an impetus to accelerate innovations within the health space even more rapidly. The X PRIZE Foundation announced the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE on stage at CES in January 2012 with our CEO, Dr. Paul Jacobs, and we already have over 200 total pre-registered teams from 27 countries.

Recently, at the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance 7th Annual Convergence Summit, X PRIZE launched the Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE, an exciting opportunity to push the envelope in advancing health-related sensor technologies. I'm very interested to see how Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE teams might incorporate those sensors into their solutions.

Devices offered as a service will be key in the next generation of healthcare solutions. By mashing up data from multiple sensors that span therapies and disease states, services can be created based on personal feedback, dashboards and incentives that are both relevant and unique to individual consumers. And in the case of the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE, even make diagnoses. Globally, these challenges are bringing people together to transform the future of healthcare. I don't know about you, but I'm excited to see it emerge as reality.

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