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Canadian Man Releases Open Source Star Trek Tricorder

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the very-far-ahead-of-stone-knives-and-bearskins dept.

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New submitter upontheturtlesback writes "Another example of Star Trek technology becoming a reality. In light of the recent Tricorder X-Prize announcement, Dr. Peter Jansen has openly released the designs for a series of Science Tricorders that he developed while a graduate student at McMaster University. The Science Tricorders are capable of sensing a variety of atmospheric, electromagnetic, and spatial phenomena. Where the Science Tricorder Mark 1 is a relatively easy-to-build proof of concept, the Science Tricorder Mark 2 runs Linux and resembles a cross between a Nintendo DS and scientific instrument with dual OLED touch displays. An exciting video shows them in action, and describes the project goal of creating general scientific tools for learning about and visualizing the world, as well as their importance for science education by helping kids understand abstract concepts like magnetism or polarization visually. The hardware schematics, board layouts, and firmware source are freely available on the Tricorder project website under various open licenses."

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I for one... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39503409)

welcome our new Star Fleet Overlord, Dr. Peter Jansen. All Hail the Peter!

Slashdot is for fags. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39503455)

Your are all fat aspie neckbeards who clop to ponies and you should be ashamed of yourselves. Now uninstall Linux and get a fucking life.

Re:Slashdot is for fags. (2)

Zeromous (668365) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503487)

I'm a skinny aspie neckbeard, you insensitive clod!

Re:Slashdot is for fags. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39503779)

I'm a skinny aspie neckbeard, you insensitive clod!

Do you enjoy the taste of Ass Burgers?

Re:Slashdot is for fags. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39503905)

Do you enjoy the taste of Ass Burgers?

Wouldn't you feel silly if the GP is gay! What's next, cocksucker? As if that were an insult!

Re:Slashdot is for fags. (0)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504119)

performing analingus is orthogonal to sexual orientation, if you think it's only a gay thing then we hereby insult you as a rug muncher

Re:Slashdot is for fags. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39505351)

I'm a skinny aspie neckbeard, you insensitive clod!

Do you enjoy the taste of Ass Burgers?

No, what I didn't like one bit, is the fact that they didn't use a mini-CRT, like Spock had in HIS tricorder!!!

Re:Slashdot is for fags. (1)

sempir (1916194) | more than 2 years ago | (#39508223)

Do you enjoy the taste of Ass Burgers?

Not on topic but.... can you eat a syndrome?

sweet (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39503467)

It's finally here but I can't wait until the fourcorder!

aka quadcorder (1)

slew (2918) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503993)

quadcorder
1. Geological
2. Meteorological
3. Biological
4. ???
5. Profit!!!

Re:aka quadcorder (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 2 years ago | (#39505571)

You guys can suck it.

I've been using my bi-corder for years, which can both record audio and play it back for years.

Always waiting for the cool shit that will be released "soon" means you never play with the cool shit available now!

Re:aka quadcorder (1)

yesiree (1630527) | more than 2 years ago | (#39505913)

"Always waiting for the cool shit that will be released "soon" means you never play with the cool shit available now!" I actually have met people that lived like that. For example a friend of mine never bought a computer when we were kids because "there is a better version coming in a few months". He said that for some years...

Re:aka quadcorder (1)

electrofelix (1079387) | more than 2 years ago | (#39507809)

Guilty of doing that myself when young, but that might also have been due to having to argue to a ridiculous level to get an obsolete computer replaced when relying on parents to do the purchasing.

No longer a problem these days, as I can afford to buy them myself, and I do... :)

Re:sweet (1)

hardburlyboogerman (161244) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504163)

I just downloaded the plans.Since I do have one of the original Tricorder props (I have 2)from Star Trek TOS,I gonna build in into that.

Re:sweet (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504721)

I just downloaded the plans.Since I do have one of the original Tricorder props (I have 2)from Star Trek TOS,I gonna build in into that.

Too bad these are Next Gen style tricorders.

Re:sweet (1)

hardburlyboogerman (161244) | more than 2 years ago | (#39505009)

Fix the dollar to the kilowatt?Have you been reading Arthur C.Clarke's "Imperial Earth"?

I know it is the ST TNG Tricorder.But that doesn't prevent me from trying it out on the original,now does it?

The Original Tricorder Prop was little more than a modded Cassette tape recorder.Just like the original clam shell communicators operated on channel 14 of the 27 MHZ CB band at 100 mw,powered by a 9 volt battery.Or that the pistol Phasers I have now sport 2.5 watt laser diodes.(that will do until I can get some much more powerful)

Note:The University Of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington,Ky use a comm badge intercom system virtually identical to the Comm Badges in Star Trek TNG.

Kudos to Dr.Jansen for his creation.

I've always been a hardware hacker so this will keep me busy for a bit.

BTW,any chance of getting hold of a small amount of antimatter to power this?

Re:sweet (1)

fast turtle (1118037) | more than 2 years ago | (#39508731)

BTW: Nope, no chance of getting antimatter for the Power Source. It's supposed to use Cold Fusion

Re:sweet (1)

hardburlyboogerman (161244) | more than 2 years ago | (#39508917)

OK,Well I could always use a 20 amp tap into DeSitter space

Re:sweet (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504889)

It's finally here but I can't wait until the fourcorder!

I'd just wait for the fourScorder myself. The fivecorder probably won't be out until the year after anyway.

Re:sweet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39505337)

I nined an elevenderloin with my fivek

Re:sweet (1)

sempir (1916194) | more than 2 years ago | (#39508355)

Dear Person, go and listen to Victor Borge on U Tube and learn what a true "inflationary language"sounds like. He invented it.

open source and star trek (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39503479)

Two great tastes that taste great together.

Re:open source and star trek (2)

rhook (943951) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504789)

Too bad CBS will likely kill this the same way they killed the free Android tricorder. They claim to own the LCARS interface.

Re:open source and star trek (1)

Endovior (2450520) | more than 2 years ago | (#39505021)

Too bad CBS will likely kill this the same way they killed the free Android tricorder. They claim to own the LCARS interface.

Having checked out the project's page, it doesn't use LCARS, so that won't happen. So far as the other legal issues go, and to quote Wikipedia "The company was permitted to call this device a "tricorder" because Gene Roddenberry's contract included a clause allowing any company able to create functioning technology to use the name." The free Android 'Tricorder' was just a fancy interface, so CBS was allowed to cry foul. If, on the other hand, you make an actual working Tricorder (which name you could apply to any multifunctional handheld scanner), then you are specifically allowed to call it a Tricorder, and no lawyer can stop you. That said, they might be able to stop you from using the LCARS interface on it. Or, at the very least, from distributing the LCARS interface on it in such a way that does not bring cash to CBS.

Re:open source and star trek (3, Informative)

rhook (943951) | more than 2 years ago | (#39505073)

Too bad CBS will likely kill this the same way they killed the free Android tricorder. They claim to own the LCARS interface.

Having checked out the project's page, it doesn't use LCARS, so that won't happen.

You didn't look at the page very much.

http://www.tricorderproject.org/tricorder-mark1.html [tricorderproject.org]

Clearly that is using the LCARS interface.

Re:open source and star trek (2)

Endovior (2450520) | more than 2 years ago | (#39505401)

Too bad CBS will likely kill this the same way they killed the free Android tricorder. They claim to own the LCARS interface.

Having checked out the project's page, it doesn't use LCARS, so that won't happen.

You didn't look at the page very much.

http://www.tricorderproject.org/tricorder-mark1.html [tricorderproject.org]

Clearly that is using the LCARS interface.

My bad; I was looking at the Mark 2, which uses Debian, and is totally different-looking. Really, though, the interface is a more-or-less trivial concern. Hell, we're not even talking about actual, concrete, user-interface issues, we're talking about a skin image that can be dropped onto the interface and trivially replaced with anything else you'd like at will. Furthermore, since there is more to the product then just such an image, it's not a question of 'shutting it down automatically with no real chance of appeal by way of a DMCA notice', it's more 'making vaguely threatening legalish noises which can be easily averted by officially advocating that people not use an infringing skin'.

Re:open source and star trek (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39505123)

Fuck CBS. The APK for Tricorder v5.12 is still available here [freewarelovers.com] .

Impressive but some bugs... (5, Funny)

Troyusrex (2446430) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503491)

For instance, I couldn't get the neutrino beam working and while scanning for life forms it identified my cat as silicone based! Neat, but needs some work.

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (1)

SailorSpork (1080153) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503543)

It's because you didn't channel main power through the main deflector dish. Duh.

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39504005)

No, you have to polarize the neutrino beam and THEN channel the power through the main deflector dish!

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 2 years ago | (#39505039)

Nononono.

Take an antitacyon beam and modulate it through the main deflector dish.

And you gotta do it from the holodeck.

*facepalm* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39505137)

Did it never occur to you that you might want to modify the phase-variance to resolve the issue?

Re:*facepalm* (2)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 2 years ago | (#39505257)

You mean, an inverse anti-tachyon beam modulated through the deflector dish? I didn't think of that. Good thing Torres is the Chief Engineer.

(Yeah, I misspelled 'tachyon' in my previous post. Boy, do I feel like a clone...)

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (3, Funny)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503621)

Man is this thing dumb. It assumes that we're going to be exploring planets with a GPS system. And by the way, if it comes with a red shirt, DON'T buy it.

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39504203)

Man are you dumb. You have a ship in orbit why wouldn't you be using a gps? Or are you trying to be funny? It isn't.

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504475)

GPS uses a number of satellites, not just one
  (Of course the ship could lanch these as it enters orbit, but there is no mention of it in the script.

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#39505341)

GPS uses a number of satellites, not just one

One is a number.

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39506559)

One is the loneliest number.

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (1)

rhook (943951) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504805)

If you can build a star ship I doubt you would rely on a technology as old as GPS, you would likely have a much better way of determining where you are on a planet.

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (1)

tophermeyer (1573841) | more than 2 years ago | (#39509077)

If you can build a star ship, you can probably also build one capable of launching/retrieving a set of durable, reusable satellites. Those sats could serve several functions (data gathering, line-of-sight communications, ray gun platforms, etc).

It probably wouldn't be "GPS" gps. But the concept of using 3+ satellites as points of reference for a coordinate system is pretty robust. Obviously we can't predict future tech with any accuracy, but keeping a gps style system sounds feasible.

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (1)

ccanucs (2529272) | more than 2 years ago | (#39509387)

And, "south of here" makes sense on any planet too - right ? ;-)

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503705)

My cat is silicon based. It's a statue of the tomcat my grandparents used to own when I was five or six.

(I'm allergic to cats.)

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (2)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504145)

bad news for you fella, your cat is actually a horta. you should have clued in when the coughed up hairballs dissolved the glass coffee table

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (5, Funny)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504261)

The neutrino beam is being worked on.

The issue with the cat being misidentified as being silicone based was not entirely in error. After reviewing the scan and command logs, your command "identify my cat" ran into a limitation of the internal verbal dictionary.

Basically, as far as we can determine, the tricorder looked up "cat" for synonyms, and determined that "pus" and "pussy" were suitable alternates.

It then locked onto the silicone vaginal simulator you keep in your closet, and properly identified its molecular composition.

We have forwarded the bug report to our naturnal language coding team, and hope to have a bugfix soon.

Thank you for using Tricorder!

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (1)

Troyusrex (2446430) | more than 2 years ago | (#39509689)

Wow... This is the first time I heard from customer service and they didn't just say "upgrade to the latest version and reboot"!

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39504731)

For instance, I couldn't get the neutrino beam working and while scanning for life forms it identified my cat as silicone based! Neat, but needs some work.

That was the cat box you were scanning.

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (1)

ccanucs (2529272) | more than 2 years ago | (#39509403)

But, if he opened the box and looked inside the cat *might* have been carbon based...

Re:Impressive but some bugs... (1)

Vokkyt (739289) | more than 2 years ago | (#39511211)

Have you considered the possibility that you're being stalked by someone with a personal cloaking device?

mod 0p (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39503541)

don't ffel that

Class M (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39503561)

It said the planet I was on is Class M but clearly it's Class P.

Nice, but (3, Insightful)

dwywit (1109409) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503607)

Call me when there's a functional Voight-Kampff machine.
 
And a nexus-6 pleasure model to test it on.

Re:Nice, but (1)

Zakabog (603757) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504515)

The Voight-Kampff machcine is the easy part.

It's building anything that would require such a test that's difficult.

Re:Nice, but (1)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 2 years ago | (#39505007)

Oh that's easy, just use Aspies instead.

OK... (4, Insightful)

msauve (701917) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503619)

We'll see [slashdot.org] .

Re:OK... (3, Insightful)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503789)

First thing I thought, too -- the interface looks like LCARS, which will likely call down the wrath of CBS.

Get out! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39503633)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-XgvHPt1cg

Hostfile (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39503667)

How many hostfile entries does it have?

Re:Hostfile (2)

Elbereth (58257) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503843)

Good God, man, don't mention host files... you'll summon apk.

Re:Hostfile (1)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504701)

LETSnot tempt FATE SHAAALLLLL we?!?

Re:Hostfile (1)

tophermeyer (1573841) | more than 2 years ago | (#39509361)

/Looks into mirror

APK

APK

APK

Its just a meter (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39503715)

Give me a GCMS/Spectroscope that's hand-held - that's where the really useful info comes from. The best I've seen are prototypes for Haz-Mat - some amazing stuff. Doped glass arrays could be packed really small for detecting known compounds - but remember that its a Tricorder - so it needs to be able to characterize unknowns. I hope they don't end up using that tacky blue band style favored by the Empire... oh wait... Federation. ;)

Re:Its just a meter (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 2 years ago | (#39507701)

True its 'just a meter', but you have to start with something or you never get to the end. Also, try doing this in a hand held device 20 years ago... Advancements are being made, and this is just one step along the way.

I love all the losers posting complaints. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39503749)

none of you have done ANYTHING or has built ANYTHING.

This guy is 800X a man than any of you ever will be simply because he is actually doing something other than being a tool like the rest of you.

He is designing and releasing the code and designs. Most of the people posting here can barely chew gum and tie their shoes at the same time, and are proud they can find their SUV's gas cap when they need to fill it up.

Bunch of freaking loudmouth loser posers, the lot of you.

Re:I love all the losers posting complaints. (1)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503865)

This guy is 800X a man than any of you ever will be

To be honest, I would feel sorry for him if he was LESS of one than I am.

Re:I love all the losers posting complaints. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39504613)

This guy is 800X a man than any of you ever will be

To be honest, I would feel sorry for him if he was LESS of one than I am.

Cuntlicking lesbos don't count.

Just curious, are you a bull-dyke or are you a lipstick lesbian?

Re:I love all the losers posting complaints. (1)

ezzthetic (976321) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504451)

Most of the people posting here can barely chew gum and tie their shoes at the same time.

Ooh, we can too.

Re:I love all the losers posting complaints. (1)

Krater76 (810350) | more than 2 years ago | (#39510821)

This guy is 800X a man than any of you ever will be simply because he is actually doing something other than being a tool like the rest of you.

Oh please, he's AT MOST only 750X the man I am.

ya boy (1)

laserdog (2500192) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503835)

tottaly wicked awesome how much does it cost i wanna be the dude from star trek

Memory Alpha (4, Interesting)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#39503997)

Memory Alpha (the Star Trek wiki) says [memory-alpha.org]

The first "real-world" tricorder was developed by a Canadian company called the Vital Technologies Corporation in 1996. The scanner was called the TR-107 Mark 1; Vital Technologies sold 10,000 of them before going out of business in 1997. The TR-107 could scan EM radiation, temperature, and barometric pressure.

The TR-107 is properly referred to as a true "tricorder" due to a clause in Gene Roddenberry's contracts with Desilu/Paramount dating back to the time of the Original Series. The clause specified that if any company could find a way to make one of the fictional devices actually work, then they would have the right to use the name.

[I want to note the inner quote isn't sourced. Being fueled by the infinite energy and eye for minutiae of Star Trek fans, Memory Alpha is usually very reliable.]

Re:Memory Alpha (1)

Dominus Suus (1187361) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504397)

I remember this. It was a $500 digital thermometer, barometer and it came with an instruction manual on CD, which was huge at the time. I wonder how many D-Cells in ran on.

Re:Memory Alpha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39504485)

My wrist watch can do thermometer/barometer, and sensing EM can be done with one of those little wand dealies. Was the 90s so long ago that we needed a $500 brick to do that?

Re:Memory Alpha (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 2 years ago | (#39510879)

Yeah, I remember that. It was featured in several Star Trek magazines (including the TV Guide special edition) of the day.

Was definitely interesting - they apparently designed it for farmers (a number of whom were trekkies).

Was such a pity that when I could afford one, they went out of business.

And it was called a Mark I specifically because of its limitations - given I think the one on TNG was Mark III or Mark IV.

I wonder how much these are on eBay....

Re:Memory Alpha (2)

dissy (172727) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504553)

The first "real-world" tricorder was developed by a Canadian company called the Vital Technologies Corporation in 1996. The scanner was called the TR-107 Mark 1; Vital Technologies sold 10,000 of them before going out of business in 1997. The TR-107 could scan EM radiation, temperature, and barometric pressure.

http://treknostalgia.blogspot.com/2009/04/trek-tech-tricorder-mark-1.html [blogspot.com]

More detailed description plus larger pictures of the device, even the back of the box.

Sure looks like one expensive but awesome toy!

Re:Memory Alpha (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504913)

The TR-107 could scan EM radiation, temperature, and barometric pressure.

Ok. Scanning EM I can understand. Scanning temperature is a little harder, but IR sensors and bolometers do allow this.

How do you scan barometric pressure? It's trivial to measure it where you are, but how do you know what it is "over there"?

I want one (2)

steveha (103154) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504043)

Most of the comments posted so far have been jokes. But I think this is great.

I would have very much loved to have one of these when I was taking science classes in high school. Heck, I'd love to have one now.

The biggest flaw is that this is an expensive piece of custom equipment. No criticism of Dr. Jansen intended; he made the gadget he wanted to have. But I would like to see a design that is less expensive and mass-produced, that has just the sensors in a sort of cradle; you would put a smart phone into the cradle and plug in by USB. The cradle might need to contain a battery (I'm not sure how much current a smartphone micro-USB port can source).

It would be more elegant if it used something like the iPhone's docking connector, but Apple charges money to use that thing, and on Android there is no similar standard. Just using USB would seem to offer the widest compatibility.

Since the CPU needs are low, you should be able to use phones from 2+ years ago. When people upgrade to new phones they often have a surplus older phone, and maybe they will donate the older phone to the high school science program. Or if you just want one for yourself, you could buy something from eBay or Craigs List.

This makes me think back to when the Palm PDA was new. The Palm had a serial port on the bottom, and there were sensor packages you could get to plug in to it. I read about a high school science teacher taking his class on a field trip, and they used pH and temperature sensors to measure a wetlands.

Back when I carried around a Handspring Visor, I always wanted a Springboard module with a Volt/Ohm meter and probes; and another one with thermometer and such. There really was one with a magnetic compass, and I think there was at least one with a GPS receiver in it.

steveha

Re:I want one (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504595)

Exactly my thought when I saw the Android Tricorder- this would be a neat start if we had better sensors on the system.

Re:I want one (1)

thomas.galvin (551471) | more than 2 years ago | (#39508703)

The biggest flaw is that this is an expensive piece of custom equipment. No criticism of Dr. Jansen intended; he made the gadget he wanted to have. But I would like to see a design that is less expensive and mass-produced

Dr. Jansen agrees with you. From the Mark 2 Design Philosophy [tricorderproject.org] section:

Accessibility (cost): "To create something that was as inexpensive as possible, so that people might easily have access to them without having to worry about the cost".
Comment :: This is something I don't feel I did very well on. A ballpark estimate for the component cost of a single Mark 1 was about $500 when I constructed it, which feels like too much. For every household to have their own Tricorder, it feels like something around $100 to $200 is a more accessible price range, and to have one in every child's hand such that they might easily learn more about their worlds both in and (especially) outside of school, that number likely has to be under $50. Thankfully, much of the cost comes from sensors (which are rapidly decreasing in cost), and from PCB production (which is almost negligible in quantity).

Re:I want one (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#39509013)

Back when I carried around a Handspring Visor, I always wanted a Springboard module with a Volt/Ohm meter and probes; and another one with thermometer and such. There really was one with a magnetic compass, and I think there was at least one with a GPS receiver in it.

Ditto. However, what would make the most sense today would be to sell bluetooth sensor packages. Ideally to my mind you'd sell a battery module, a communications module, and sensor modules which would stack together and lock in place securely so that you could wave it around in the manner of a medical tricorder while you regarded the output on your small handheld device.

I don't see any reason you couldn't put a webserver on it and deliver the data via well-structured HTML output, which would make it entirely platform-agnostic, operating with anything which will extend it a bluetooth network of one type or the other. It would be nice to also support other bluetooth interfaces for other types of sensor data, for example numerical data could also be provided simultaneously via bluetooth serial interface, audio (or even other analog sensors) via audio interfaces, and so on.

Mythbusters should start the Gorn Project (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39504083)

to remotely detonate it on Cestus III

I'm about to drain my balls into a whore (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39504131)

...your mother.

Great work, thanks (4, Insightful)

wreakyhavoc (1045750) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504147)

This is the DIY, open source version. Kinda clunky, but open and accessible. He's obviously a proponent of accessible education, a welcome sentiment.

The Apple/Nokia/Samsung version will be flip-phone configuration, no user serviceable or accessible parts, locked down and impossible to open up without destroying. It will feature multiple wireless protocols, wireless probes and accessories. It will not be upgradeable, and will be created as a designed obsolescence, throw away device. While you use it to explore the world around you, it will be gathering all your data to explore and categorize you.

It will also be backed by a war chest of patents used to deny the populace or small businesses from creating their own cheap, open, accessible versions.

Scoff all you like, but enjoy this handiwork while you still can. Or at least applaud.

Re:Great work, thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39504895)

Vic Toews just tweeted; apparently people who download these plans are pedophiles. James Moore is having an American draft of some new legislation to outlaw the plans, and any form of internet protocol used to transmit/receive said plans. Peter MacKay has placed people with the name "Dr. Peter Jansen" on the terrorist watch list, and King Harper has decreed that RCMP shall shoot Jansen on sight or be replaced by someone who will.

Apple Lawsuit in 3 ... 2..... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39504447)

It's handheld
it uses electricity.
it does... stuff.
it requires users to look at it..

I'm pretty sure Apple owns that stuff...

Re:Apple Lawsuit in 3 ... 2..... (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504747)

It's handheld it uses electricity. it does... stuff. it requires users to look at it..

I'm pretty sure Apple owns that stuff...

Fortunately, the corners aren't rounded.

It's like he anticipated... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39505087)

...the addition to his countdown. Brilliance.

There's an app for that (1)

Trogre (513942) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504539)

Oh wait, not anymore, thanks CBS.

Also, that 10-bit per channel RGB colour analyser made me cry a little bit. It's 2012 and the GIMP still can't do that properly.

Life Forms (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39504769)

I just love scanning for life forms!
Life forms
You tiny little life forms!
You precious little life forms

Where are you?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWBmaKk32fE

Metrix multimeter (1)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 2 years ago | (#39504915)

I've got a couple of multimeters that look like tricorders:

Metrix MTX3283 [alpha-electronics.com]

Designed so you can operate it with one hand they're very nice and easy to use, and expensive, but I got my two off eBay for a fraction of the new cost.

Votive Candles (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39505159)

This is the ideal post for someone who desires to be familiar with this subject.Full of professional insight based on testing by experts that knew what they were talking about.
I would certainly go again and recommend it to anyone operating in this field. Job Well done.more power!!

Temp? Air pressure? Magnetic gauss? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39505193)

Hows that tell me where the green skinned buxom babe is hiding?
Or how many Klingons are lurking around?

Sounds almost useful for a home handyman to fix a plumbbing & heating system....

Since it's open source... (1)

frup (998325) | more than 2 years ago | (#39505235)

I bet someone will convert it in to a pokedex.

Next Up, Consumer Medical Tricorder (3, Insightful)

wreakyhavoc (1045750) | more than 2 years ago | (#39505457)

Medical health professionals are already reporting that many patients are able to do self diagnosis with the help of 'net research. "They come to us for confirmation of what they've already figured out."

Given the lack of access to quality health care in even 1st world societies, imagine the empowerment to diagnose biomedical ailments at the molecular level from commonly available handheld devices at home. http://www.nano.org.uk/news/1705 [nano.org.uk]

The ability to do real-time PCR(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymerase_chain_reaction), immunoassays to detect bacteria, viruses and cancers based on antigen-antibody reactions, dielectrophoresis, and other techniques would have an immense impact on general human health and treatment in the hands of qualified health professionals and citizens.

Doctors working in third world and inaccessible regions would have an incalculable leg up, not having to wait for non-existent sample testing.

I don't see this as a project for basement tinkerers, but the technology is coming along. Health care costs are threating to overwhelm world economies as populations burgeon and life expectancies increase.

I'll leave it to the other cynics to burst this bubble. I'd like to think there are still some optimistic dreamers out there. Let's hear some feedback from some of those, please.

Re:Next Up, Consumer Medical Tricorder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39506087)

That is a great idea except it will always be just a toy until you can use it to declare someone dead to Jim.

Re:Next Up, Consumer Medical Tricorder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39506771)

That is a great idea except it will always be just a toy until you can use it to declare someone dead to Jim.

Now that was funny!

Re:Next Up, Consumer Medical Tricorder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39506837)

"They come to us...

for the bloody medicine the that you (the doctors) have access to. I wouldn't approve of self diagnosis except on one visit to a doctor he proceded to look up the symptoms on the internet. (dam why didn't I think of that.)

Professional second opinion (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 2 years ago | (#39507707)

That's about what it amounts to, and it's a good thing. Having someone who sees your type of ailment dozens, hundreds, or thousands of times a year re-read your symptoms is a great check to make sure that you're on track. It keeps the physicians time cost down, too, as you've identified a bunch of factors and are ready with answers when they ask.

Given the average ability of a human, it's a good idea to have someone trained in a specialty do a sanity check. I'm a professional in another field, and sometimes my clients are dead on with their intuition; other times they're so far off base as to be downright dangerous.

Re:Next Up, Consumer Medical Tricorder (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 2 years ago | (#39507723)

This guy is working towards the end goal, and deserves credit.

Sure, its all 'off the shelf' sensors, but that is the entire point, that technology has advanced to the point he can do it without inventing new sensors.

Patent troll - watch out (1)

Sooner Boomer (96864) | more than 2 years ago | (#39506391)

They may be in violation of US Patent# 2482773:
"Detection of Emanations From Materials and Measurement of Volumes Thereof". Also known as the "Hieronymous Machine". It pre-dates Star Trek by quite a bit.

Re:Patent troll - watch out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39509381)

Um:

Hieronymus received a U.S. Patent for his invention in 1949

Pretty sure that a patent that expired before disco was invented posses little threat.

Re:Patent troll - watch out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39509497)

Filing date: Oct 23, 1946
Issue date: Sep 27, 1949

Wouldn't the patent have expired in 1969 ?

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