Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Competition FAQs

What is the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE?

This is a $10 million global incentivized competition to stimulate innovation for technologies that monitor and diagnose your health conditions, allowing unprecedented access to personal health metrics. A major element of the competition is the desirability and appeal of these new "consumer health" devices to the people who will actually be using them.

The dire need for improvements in health and healthcare in the U.S. has captured the attention of government, industry, and private citizens for years. But a viable solution has yet evaded one of the most technologically advanced, educated and prosperous nations on the globe.

Integrated diagnostic technology, once it becomes available on a consumer mobile device and is easy to use, will allow individuals to incorporate health knowledge and decision-making into their daily lives.

Advances in fields such as artificial intelligence, wireless sensing, imaging diagnostics, lab-on-a-chip, and molecular biology will enable better choices in when, where, and how people receive care, thus making healthcare more convenient, affordable, and accessible. The winner will be the team whose technology most accurately diagnoses a set of diseases, independent of a healthcare professional or facility, and that provides the best consumer user experience with their device.

Who or what is XPRIZE?

XPRIZE is a non-profit organization with a mission to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity by designing and operating large incentivized competitions.

Why did my healthcare provider encourage me to participate?

XPRIZE has partnered with the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) at the University of California, San Diego because we share one goal—to promote health innovation and breakthroughs. This results in new ways for people to find out about the state of their health and get metrics about their health. 

How will I use or interact with the Tricorder device?

You will have the opportunity to use a Tricorder device either in (i) a three-hour in-office session, or (ii) a three-day take-home session. During either session you will be given instructions on how to use the Tricorder, and then be asked to use it on your own. At the end of the session you will be asked to complete a consumer user survey to get your feedback on your experience with the device.

Is this a competition?

Yes. Teams have created Tricorders and are competing to see which ones are best—from the view of the person using it. The performance of the devices in the competition, as well as your ratings of the devices, will determine the winners!

If I like a Tricorder, can I buy it?

You may be able to buy one in the future, but not at this time. These are the first versions of the devices (which have been certified as safe, but are not yet intended for sale). We anticipate some form of these devices to ultimately become available to consumers like you around the world...maybe sooner than you think.

How will I benefit?

If you decide to become a consumer tester, you will be one of the first people in San Diego and the U.S. to use these advanced medical devices created for consumers. These Tricorders will give you a glimpse of the future of medicine-making it as easy and convenient to see your health as it is to use your smart phone.

Will I be paid to participate?

Yes. You will be paid $150 to test a Tricorder. However, you may test up to three different Tricorders, for payments totaling $599.

How many people will be participating?

We will be recruiting about 400 people like you to test the Tricorders.

How do I know if I qualify as a consumer tester?

You must be at least 21 years old and no older than 65, be a member of the UC San Diego Health System, and be a smart phone user.

How much time will this take?

Your role as a consumer tester will take a minimum of three hours. Longer tests that take several hours will occur over a three-day period and your participation in these will be referred to as a single "consumer testing session."

Where will the testing take place?

The primary testing site is the CTRI on the UC San Diego La Jolla medical campus. Additional testing sites include another UC San Diego Health System site and clinics. The 72-hour tests will occur at the consumer tester's home or wherever they may go within that period of time.