#nzpol Damian Light: What’s a device that should exist by now but doesn’t?

Tough question – we live in an amazing time when technology has advanced so far. I remember travelling overseas only a decade ago and trying to explain to my grandparents that we’d booked all our flights and accommodation from the computer. Now, I’d probably do it from my phone.

One device that I think is still missing is a portable diagnostic device for doctors and medical staff. While medicine has advanced a lot, diagnosis still relies very heavily on observation. If people had access to a device that could check blood work, heart rate etc. we’d be able to more quickly identify issues and help get them the right treatment. For those familiar with Star Trek (geek alert) it’s the medical tricorder, Dr McCoy’s gadget for identifying what’s wrong with Kirk this week.

-Damian Light, United Future