“I wanted to start teaching this course because I wanted a way to engage students in linguistics without having to actually teach them linguistics. I wanted a kind of pop-culture back road into linguistics. Also I’m a huge Star Trek fan.”
Star Trek's seemingly miraculous 'tricorder' is a device which can measure anything from a patient's vital signs to geological activity with the push of a button. Now, a company called Scanadu has developed a device called the 'Scout,' which they hope can be as useful for the health industry as tricorders were on the Enterprise. We talked with the company's co-founder to learn more.