If you want to know what science will eventually invent, just look at science fiction
The graduate studies program at Silicon Valley-based non-profit Singularity University challenges students to come up with an idea that would positively impact 1 billion people over 10 years.
After discussing the Tricorder from the sci-fi TV show Star Trek, a small hand-held device that could diagnose patients simply by scanning their bodies, Andrew Bishara, Elishai Ezra and Fransiska Hadiwidjana came up with "Med Sensation," a robotic glove outfitted with ultrasonic sensors that can detect abnormal lymph nodes and lumps in breasts. The researchers believe that this could be a powerful solution to provide thorough breast cancer exams for people in rural areas who have little access to medical care.
"Our team created a glove that solves the lack of availability of physical exams around the world," Hadiwidjana told Mashable in an email message.
"Since sensor technologies are improving and becoming cheaper, we believe now is the time for instrumentation gloves to be applied to medicine in a way that integrates sensor technology and aids and augments the abilities of a physician without taking him/her away from the bedside."
image: Med Sensation, a bionic breast exam glove developed at Singularity University (Mashable)