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Star Trek inspires winning medical exam kit

23 Sep 2015

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A medical examination kit inspired by Star Trek won in element14's "Sci Fi Your Pi" design competition, beating 24 other participants from around the world.

Sponsored by Pi Trading, the competition challenged engineers to create devices inspired by their favourite science fiction films, television shows and books using the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B+ from element14.

Meditech, the winning design created by Enrico Miglino of Spain, is a portable multi-tool examination kit measuring heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure and blood glucose. It can also assess eye health and do body surface image analysis. The device features a multi-meter and the Pi 2, which, when combined, measure a variety of biometric signals.

Miglino plans to take Meditech into production and is currently working on pre-production of the first 10 units.


Star Trek-inspired Meditech features a multi-meter and the Pi 2, which together measure a variety of biometric signals. (Source: element14)

The other three finalists were Michael Hahn (U.S.), who also drew inspiration from Star Trekto build a scientific tricorder that can evaluate the environment's atmospheric conditions, temperature and humidity; Joey Thompson (U.S.), who built the Terminator-inspired QuadCop, a low-cost, custom-built quadcopter that performs security screenings; and Frederick Vandenbosch (Belgium), who created a PiDesk, which leverages the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B+ to turn an ordinary work desk into an interactive series of touch and motion controls, similar to the one featured in the Tron Legacy franchise.

The Sci Fi Your Pi challenge is the latest in a series of competitions as part of element14's "Engineering a Connected World" initiative, designed to drive innovation by connecting engineers to powerful new ideas, the latest technologies and to each other.

Miglino's project won the top prize—$500 worth of sci-fi movie memorabilia, including an actual Boba Fett bounty hunter helmet used in film production. Meditech was chosen by a panel of expert judges, including Pi Trading Director of Hardware Engineering James Adams.

Competitors were judged on the innovativeness of their designs, as well as the level of inspiration drawn from the world of science fiction. To aid in their designs, each competitor received a full suite of Raspberry Pi accessories from element14, including the PiFace Control & Display, Raspberry Pi B+ and Raspberry Pi A+ boards and PiFace Digital. Competitors were also given a free licence for CadSoft Eagle, a PCB design software, to execute their projects.

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