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The Scanadu Scout snags an additional $10.5 Million in Funding

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Kickstarter may get most of the crowdfunding love, but Indiegogo has plenty of cool projects to peruse. One of those projects was the Scanadu Scout, a medical tricorder, and four months ago it annihilated its initial funding goal of $100,000 by bringing in a whopping $1,664,574. Turns out that was just the beginning as the minds behind Scanadu have just raised another $10.5 million in Series A funding.

The Scanadu Scout will be the first product from Scanadu, and it aims to make checking on your health as simple as placing the device on your forehead.  The device will be able to measure your heart rate, respiratory rate, ECG, blood pressure, temperature, oxymetry, and emotional stress. Oh yeah. No more holding a glass tube filled full of poison under your tongue or fiddling with meddlesome blood pressure cuffs.  If Scanadu has its way, you’ll be able to save yourself a lot of trouble (and money) by being able to monitor your own health.
The Scanadu Scout will work with your favorite Android or iOS device through the magic of Bluetooth, and while it isn’t waterproof, you can wipe it down to disinfect it. The device is still undergoing testing, so it’s not a fully functioning FDA approved medical device yet, but the brain trust behind the scenes have partnered with Scripps Translational Science Institute for the clinical testing needed to get the device FDA approved. Early adopters of the tech will have the chance to opt-in to the FDA study as well so Scanadu can see how the device is being used.

When can you get this magical device? The first units are on track to be shipped out in March of 2014. A general consumer model of the product will come after FDA approval which can take time, so it may be 2015 before you can walk into a store and pick one up off the shelves. The expected retail price will be $199, and the Scanadu Scout is just the first of many devices the company has plans for. They also have plans to release Scanaflu which can check for cold & flu symptoms and Scanaflow… a glorified pee test. Expect all three devices to be very, very popular when they clear the FDA.

Via – TechCrunch

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