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.
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For years, Star Trek fans and medical professionals have dreamed of having a handheld device that could quickly and accurately assess a person's health status, and there are even foundations who offer prizes to the first person or company to come up with one. This is the first of its kind, and I'm impressed by its capabilities. It uses technologies like sound and light sensors and complex math to provide real-time data on a person's health, in a way that the average person can understand.
Medical science has rarely been depicted as understandable, and affordable home technology as very "up-to-date." But I'm willing to bet this will be the device of the century. It combines so many technological advances of modern science and answers so many shortcomings of modern medicine that I believe it will challenge primary healthcare providers (family doctors, for instance) to prove their worth and justify their work in ways that could lead to even greater medical advances in the coming years. Devices such as the Nike FuelBand and the FitBit Ultra have been paving the way for personal healthcare responsibility for the past few years, and now it's time for another leap forward.
Of course, any technology or device could be a flop, but if this succeeds, or even if it does not, many will follow it that improve upon its basic premise: responsible healthcare should begin at home, with each individual using effective, affordable tools to monitor their body's condition on a daily basis and use that data to effect a healthier lifestyle.