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Real life Star Trek Tricorder developed


Posted on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 | Comment icon 7 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Dr. Peter Jansen has built a measuring device very much like those used in the Star Trek universe.

"Star Trek inspired me to be a scientist," he said. The device he's built is equipped with a number of different measuring tools including sensors for temperature, pressure, humidity, magnetic fields, motion and distance. Described as a Swiss Army Knife of devices, Jansen hopes to make the device available for practical use in real-world environments.

"The first tricorder appeared on the original show's initial episode in 1966, when Capt."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by BeastieRunner on 17 April, 2012, 17:22
That's really cool.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Sundew on 17 April, 2012, 20:30
It is interesting how many Star Trek devices or procedures have become science fact; energy weapons and scalpels (LASERs), personal communicator (cell phone), computer books/tablets, anti-matter containment, tricorders, cloaking devices, matter transporter. Some of these devices are still in very early stages of development and, no, they don't operate like the ones on "Star Trek" as of yet; the matter transporter has only moved a few atoms or photons, but it's a beginning. The real breakthrough would be space-warp technology, which has been theorized by some scientists as pos... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by ad hoc on 19 April, 2012, 5:43
seems logical. a process of taking existing technologies, making them more compact, and combining them into one unit or interface. very much a thing of the times.
Comment icon #4 Posted by csspwns on 20 April, 2012, 3:30
i wonder when could we have time machines and teleporters. probably 10000000AD when im dead and rotting in my grave
Comment icon #5 Posted by DKO on 20 April, 2012, 11:24
Next step the Holo-Deck.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Kludge808 on 21 April, 2012, 6:59
Something I like about this - I like a lot about this - is that he's not trying to hide it but rather has made it open source. This sets him apart from numerous others who make claims then won't expose them to peer review. (Cold fusion, anyone?) This is very much so a "warm fuzzy" in my thinking. I wonder if there's a list anywhere of other open tech projects like this ...


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