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Doctor Builds Own Tricorders, You Can Too

by Shane McGlaun
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Everyone who has ever watched an episode of Star Trek or one of the Trek films has probably thought it would be cool to have a tricorder. Even consumer electronics maker Qualcomm wants to bring tricorders to reality. A cognitive science researcher named Dr. Peter Jensen has now offered up the schematics to build two of his tricorder designs at no cost.

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The cooler of the two designs is the Mark 2 tricorder, and it is crammed with dual OLED touchscreens and uses a clamshell form factor. This particular tricorder runs Debian Linux and uses hardware that you can readily buy at specialty shops. Its CPU is an Atmel AT91RM9200 with an ARM920T 32-bit core. These tricorders don’t measure health stats, so won’t win that massive X Prize purse, but they will totally get you laid at Comic-Con.

The Mark 2 tricorder uses six AAA batteries for power. Inside the case are sensors for measuring temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, magnetic fields, color, ambient light levels, GPS location, and the distance to a surface. It won’t ferret out Klingons or help you figure out what killed that hapless redshirt, but I like it anyway.

Details on how to build both the Mark 1 and Mark 2 tricorders are available over on Dr. Jensen’s website.

[via ArsTechnica]

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