The device, pictured below, works by placing it on a patient’s forehead. In a matter of seconds, a sensor measures vitals such as heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. It even provides a complete ECG reading.
Scanadu medical scanner.
The Scanadu is the invention of Walter De Brouwer, a Belgian entrepreneur, who came up with the idea after his son suffered brain damage from a fall.
De Brouwer told CNN that he got his inspiration from Star Trek, which he said was “more than just a movie, it was a business plan.”
The tricorder in Star Trek was only used by a doctor, but De Brouwer says that the Scanadu can be used by anyone.