10 Cool Sci-Fi Technologies Invading Our Reality

Cool technologies that were once reserved for science fiction are invading our reality at an accelerating pace. In some cases, our Earth-bound scientists have proven that seemingly impossible technologies can be developed, but they still have some obstacles to overcome first. In other cases, those technologies are… » 10/27/14 9:20am 10/27/14 9:20am

The Real-Life, $150 Star Trek Tricorder Is One Step Closer To Reality

Late last year we told you about Scanadu and its real-life tricorder, called the SCOUT. Within 10 seconds of direct contact to your left temple, the SCOUT analyzes, records and spits back your vitals, including temperature, respiratory rate, ECG, blood pressure (systolic, diastolic), stress and oximetry levels.… » 5/22/13 8:00am 5/22/13 8:00am

California Scientists Design Working Tricorder

Since we learned yesterday that everyone's cell phone will be a nuclear weapon detector » 9/28/08 10:00am 9/28/08 10:00am in the future, it comes as no surprise today that scientists at the University of California have created what is, in effect, a Tricorder. They're calling it a much more modest name (Universal Detector), but the facts of the matter…

Touch Screen RC Star Trek Enterprise Boldly Goes Where No RC Vehicle Has Gone Before

Interstellar space flight may have been poo-poo'd on by astrophysicists » 8/24/08 1:00pm 8/24/08 1:00pm this week, but that doesn't mean we can't have a little pseudo space-faring fun with this first-of-its-kind RC Star Trek Enterprise. Due to arrive in May 2009, the $80 foam flyer is controlled via a vintage Star Trek touchscreen communicator…

NMR Machine Shrunk to Make Portable Disease Scanner: Medical Tricorder V1.0

It's clearly "Star Trek Comes Nearly True" time, first with the life-signs detector, and now a tiny NMR machine that's effectively v1.0 of the medical tricorder. Scientists at Harvard Medical School have come up with a neat way to coat bacteria and viruses with nanoparticles, and have simultaneously shrunk all the… » 7/09/08 6:50am 7/09/08 6:50am

Scientists Build Portable Life-Signs Detector: Tricorder 1.0

A team of US and UK scientists have invented a portable scanner that may be useful in the hunt for life on Mars. And it sounds a whole lot like a Star Trek tricorder: it uses a beam of ultraviolet laser light and detects fluorescence from organic molecules, so it works remotely and doesn't damage samples. Under… » 6/24/08 9:15am 6/24/08 9:15am

Star Trek Medical Tricorder Goes Beep, Won't Diagnose Alien Disease

This replica medical tricorder from Star Trek TOS is hugely detailed and looks pretty much like the "real" thing. It even comes with the removable scanner thingy. Plus it's got light and sound effects built-in, so you won't have to hold it over alien flu victims and whisper "widdlyweep... widdlyweep..." Mind you, I'm… » 4/23/08 10:25am 4/23/08 10:25am