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It had a catchy name, an irresistible backstory, and plenty of Silicon Valley buzz.

So it was no surprise that “Scout,” a device marketed as a real-life version of the “Star Trek” tricorder, made history in 2013 when its manufacturer, the startup Scanadu, raised a record $1.5 million on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo in a matter of weeks to bring it to consumers.


But the story does not have a happy ending. On Tuesday, Scanadu notified its customers that it will shut down the devices next year, saying it must do so to comply with federal regulations.

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