Open source Star Trek Tri­corder re­leased!

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Dr Peter Jansen has re­leased the designs for a se­ries of Sci­ence Tri­corders that he de­vel­oped while study­ing at Mc­mas­ter Univer­sity. The Sci­ence Tri­corders can sense a va­ri­ety of at­mo­spheric, elec­tro­mag­netic, and spa­tial phe­nom­ena. The Sci­ence Tri­corder Mark 1 is a rel­a­tively easy-to-build proof of con­cept, while Dr Jansen’s Mark 2 model runs Linux and in­cludes an A M At­mel mi­cro­con­troller s ueezed into a clam-shell with dual OLED touch dis­plays.

Schemat­ics, board lay­outs and the rmware are avail­able for free on the Tri­corder project web­site un­der var­i­ous open li­cences.

The Tri­corder Project aims to bring a di­verse ar­ray of in­ex­pen­sive

sen­sors to­gether in an ac­ces­si­ble, easy to use, hand­held de­sign that can be eas­ily kept close in a pocket or bag. More than sim­ply bring­ing the tech­nol­ogy to peo­ple, the Tri­corder aims to pro­vide in­tu­itive ways of vi­su­al­is­ing data so you might see mag­netic elds, tem­per­a­ture, or po­lar­i­sa­tion as nat­u­rally as you see colour...there are many ap­pli­ca­tions for the Tri­corder we can think of--from imag­ing to sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing--but mostly, it’s de­signed for the ones that you imag­ine, says the Tri­corder project web­site.

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