Hey Trekies, want a real tricorder?

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    Apr 17, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    http://news.yahoo.com/scientist-beams-real-star-trek-tricorder-205658423.html
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    Apr 17, 2012 11:52 AM GMT
    Yesss!!!!!!
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    Apr 17, 2012 12:05 PM GMT
    Sweet! I wonder if Radio Shack carries all the parts I need to build one.
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    Apr 17, 2012 2:47 PM GMT
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    Apr 17, 2012 4:25 PM GMT
    Would it read trollforms?
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    Apr 17, 2012 10:40 PM GMT
    Lame science fair project + press-release ≠ tricorder.

    You can pick up any scientific supply catalog and find dozens of multi-function environmental sensor devices. They've been around for decades. I've got a drawer full of them. They just keep getting smaller. And of course, many of them now come with blue-tooth or wifi links so you can read and control them from your iPhone. (the iPhone is pretty close to a tricorder on its own.)

    And there are a few hand-held raman spectrophotometers on the market now too. And some pretty small ground-penetrating radars.

    WAY better stuff than the trek tricorders. I just wish I could get all the sensors I want bundled into , say, the end of a hiking stick and control them all from a decent piece of iOS software. It won't be long.