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The Star Trek tricorder just came a little closer to reality

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 In the process, it became the highest-funded campaign in the site’s history. What made it so attractive is was its simplicity—and the fact that nothing like it exists.
 
The Scanadu Scout promises to allow you to keep tabs on your (or someone else’s) health. A small, hockey-puck-shaped device, it works through bodily contact. Hold it to your forehead and it displays, via a smartphone, your temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and plenty more.

Today, the company announced that it has raised a further $10.5 million in venture capital funding. More importantly, it said it will start clinical trials in early 2014, an important step on the way to being approved by America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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