Meet Jack: “The 16-Year-Old Who Created A Cheap, Accurate Cancer Sensor is Now Building a Tricordor With Other Genius Kids”

Boy wonder Jack Andraka is creating a dream team of young scientists to work on creating a Star Trek–like handheld device that can diagnose disease just by scanning your skin. 

The $10 million Tricorder X Prize asks entrants to create a handheld mobile platform that can diagnose 15 diseases across 30 patients in just three days. A NASA Ames-based startup called Scanadu is working on a model that will cost under $150. But Scanadu is about to have some competition: a three-person team of Intel Science Fair finalists, led by Jack Andraka, the 2012 winner. The group of kid geniuses—they’re calling themselves Generation Z—is working on a smartphone-size device that can, according to Andraka, “diagnose any disease instantly.”

Generation Z started coming together last year when the team members met at the 2012 science fair. The group started working in earnest this summer and will continue plugging away at least until the X Prize deadline in 2015—Andraka’s senior year of high school.

“It’s all just us, the kids.  It’s fun knowing no one’s helping.”

The team members are all working on different pieces of the tricorder. Andraka says that he is working on “something the size of a sugar cube that can look through your skin and into your bloodstream, look at every single protein in your blood, and diagnose diseases based on that.” Another team member is working on a flash drive-size ultrasound machine. (Read More)

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