The Scanadu Scout is an at-home medical sensor which sends data concerning your vital signs to a smartphone. Heart rate, temperature, respiratory rate, blood pressure, electrocardiogram (ECG) and even such less-tangible things as emotional stress level can all be monitored and recorded by simply pressing the Scanadu Scout to your forehead.
Think of it as the small, laser pointer-esque portion of a Star Trek medical tricorder. The sensor sends your vital data to your smartphone, which — if we follow the Star Trek example — acts as the readout and diagnosis portion of the tricorder.
Scanadu is quick to point out that their device is as of yet not a legitimate diagnostic tool. While the device does everything it is reported to, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't approved it as an over-the-counter consumer product.
And that's where you can help. Scanadu is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to not only help get their product into people's hands, but to get their hands on people's data. That data, scanned by the device and then sent in by willing participants to Scanadu's headquarters, will aid in generating a large enough data sample set to attain FDA approval. It will also help in refining the capabilities of a second-generation device. One which, it is hoped, will be even more precise and capable than the Scanadu Scout itself.
If all of this sounds amazing and you'd like to join in the tricorder-inventing movement, then check out the Scanadu Indiegogo. As of this writing, getting your place on the pre-order list with run you $199, with the funding goal already reached. But more importantly, getting one of these things will also solidify your place in history as someone who helped bring the medical tricorder to reality. If all goes well, dusting off a Scanadu Scout to show to your grandkids might just get you some serious cred in the future.