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VITALITI Tricorder wins Epic Innovator Prize at XPRIZE Awards

Dylan Horvath
Dylan Horvath May 11, 2017 • 3 min read

In April 2017, Cortex journeyed to Hollywood, California for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Awards, a global competition designed to stimulate new diagnostic technologies that will improve access to healthcare in the U.S. and beyond — technologies that are drastically needed both at home and abroad. Our client and partner Cloud DX entered the race in 2012 with the VITALITI Tricorder, a portable device that can be used to self-diagnose medical conditions.

Our role: Cloud DX had proposed technologies for the XPRIZE that could monitor all five vital signs and detect chronic health conditions. Cortex created the vision for Cloud DX to bring these technologies together into a single system. They partnered with Cortex and we mapped out a wearable device by studying the contact points of the body that could collect FDA-approved vital sign metrics. Over a 10-month sprint — an intensive collaboration built on trust, risk-taking, and energetic innovation — we sculpted something beautiful and friendly that could be worn under your clothing, quietly sending critical information to an expert system on your smartphone.

And clearly, this design and its corresponding technology made a splash. Over 300 teams from around the world applied to XPRIZE, but by 2015, only six finalists remained, including Team Cloud DX.

The 2017 awards saw the addition of a new category, the Bold Epic Innovator Award. On April 12, 2017, Cloud DX in partnership with Cortex were honoured to receive this award in recognition of the substantive technology and design impact of the VITALITI Tricorder. Cortex was on stage with Cloud DX to accept the $100,000 prize, a testament to the outstanding achievement of our work with this technology.

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