Scanadu's Walter de Brouwer Brings Star Trek Tricorder-Like Device to SXSW 2014

Written by Jessica Cox | November 7, 2013

See Walter de Brouwer talk about the Scanadu Scout at SXSW 2014

SXSW remains a breeding ground of game-changing ideas. Status updates via Twitter ruled the halls in 2007. Foursquare and Gowalla launched on the same day at SXSW 2009, forever changing location-based communication. In 2013, Leap Motion stole the show with its 3-D motion-controlled device. What will be the next big thing at the 2014 event?

One stand-out disruptor in medicine, tech and science communities is Scanadu, a company seeking to revolutionize home medicine. Their first product, the Scanadu Scout, is a vital sign monitor that analyzes, tracks, and trends your vitals -- in only 10 seconds. Yes, Trekkies, the once mythical tricorder now exists!

Featured Speaker Walter de Brouwer, Founder and CEO of Scanadu, spent two years at a deep-science research lab at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley, making this revolutionary tool a reality. A hugely successful Indiegogo campaign this summer raised 16 times Scanadu's funding goal, totaling $1.66 million from 8,550 backers, to bring this technology into the hands of consumers at a reasonable price.

Fitness trackers and smart watches may have been the first steps toward lowering barriers and empowering individuals to take proactive role in managing their health, but they pale in comparison to the comprehensive wellness overview promised by future Scanadu products. 

Device delivery for backers is anticipated March 2014. I wonder what the Scout would report after a full week of action at SXSW! Hopefully we'll get a chance to find out.

Click here to learn more about de Brouwer's featured session and big-picture plans for revolutionizing healthcare. Click here to read more about other amazing featured sessions at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival.

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