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News Tricorder Project brings Star Trek to the classroom

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by brumgrunt, 30 Mar 2012.

  1. brumgrunt

    brumgrunt New Member

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    Good on 'im! Hope he gets the $10 million - he deserves it.
     
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    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Sadly, as it stands, the Tricorder Project isn't eligible for the Tricorder X-PRIZE. Qualcomm's aim is to develop a health-monitoring device, capable of detecting certain illnesses - and while the contactless thermometer and colorimeter on the Science Tricorder *might* work for those tasks, it's hardly what Qualcomm had in mind.

    Still cool, tho'.
     
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    I've already built a working tricorder, but it only works on people wearing red shirts.

    "He's dead Jim!" :p
     
  5. Waynio

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    It is that. :rock:
     
  6. Bazz

    Bazz Bit of everything geek

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    LOL
     
  7. noizdaemon666

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    Damn it Jim....I'm just a Doctor! lol

    On topic, it seems a good little device. If only he could make it scan people :(
     
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    Hmm que a lawsuit from Apple on the very iOS-esque keyboard. Hopefully not since this is a very cool project but Apple seem to be in the habit of sueing everyone and his dog atm
     
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    >.<

    Dang! My skim-reading skills led me down the wrong path. Re-read the article on my lunch. Shame, but still, he's a champion.
     
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    dunx ITX is where it's at !

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    Very cool project, in my limited universe I only need a multimeter to survive....

    dunx
     
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    I once got picked up by the Klingons
     
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    Was it painful :)
     
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    I like it..... its SHINY!
     
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    Just shows you though, how real world items are affected by "fiction" - ten or 15 years ago if we'd have said people would be able to interact with an electronic notepad like device, they'd have thought us nuts.... now, hello i-pad lol
     
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    that made me think of this
     
  16. Byron C

    Byron C *psst!* This guy is a loser!

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    Not really. The first proper "tablet" computer was actually released around 10 years ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_tablet_computers. The whole idea of a "tablet" computer actually goes back much further than that, but it's only in the last 5 years or so that the technology has reached a point where we can produce some really cool stuff. Early designs (that is, those from 10 years ago or so) were still quite cumbersome/weighty and had really poor battery life. Now we have much faster mobile processors which consume less and less power, and we have significantly moved on in battery technology.

    As ever, Apple didn't really innovate: they took an existing product/idea, slapped their sheen/brand on it and claimed a revolution ;) :thumb:

    Back OT though... It's really interesting how science fiction shapes the direction of actual science and technology. A very iPad-like device was first seen in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and now we have devices that do exactly what was shown in the film and more. We don't have spaceships or giant alien monoliths yet, but that's not the point. The tricorder is another perfect example.

    To be honest, I hadn't actually realised that the Tricorder Project prototype was so functional - I'm going to have to go read up on this...
     
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