Glove Tricorder Seeks to Bring Human Touch Back to Diagnostic Medicine

Glove Tricorder Seeks to Bring Human Touch Back to Diagnostic Medicine

It may look like an early prototype of the Power Glove, but this wearable “tricorder” is not only less embarrassing than the doomed Nintendo peripheral — it’s also quite a bit more advanced technologically. This second prototype of the medical gadget is home to a veritable arsenal of sensors, including an accelerometer, pressure and temperature modules. Eventually, Med Sensation hopes to place ultrasound pads on the fingertips, allowing physicians to peer inside the body while they poke and prod in an attempt to diagnose you. At the moment, the system is better suited for providing feedback — guiding trainees in the proper techniques for giving exams. Ultimately though, the hope is to put these in (or would that be on?) the hands of average Joes and Janes. Individuals could then check for lumps or enlarged organs at home, without having to spend half the day sitting in a waiting room. For a brief demonstration, check out the video after the break.

A Singularity University startup called Med Sensation has released a prototype of a new device called the Glove Tricorder that contains sensors to assist medical personnel and may one day potentially diagnose cancer and other diseases. Med Sensation believes that human-human contact between a physician and patient is extremely powerful, so they sought to create a solution that utilizes the power of sensor technology and the benefits of human touch.


The Glove Tricorder, which is currently in the second prototype stage, is equipped with temperature, pressure, accelerometer sensors, and is designed to aid medical students and doctors in providing feedback regarding what they are doing right and wrong in their physical examination techniques. Soon however, Med Sensation hopes to add ultrasound transducers to the fingertips, which could allow patients themselves to check for breast cancer and other illnesses.

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