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… »
What do you get when you cross Star Trek jargon, a decent knowledge of Photoshop, and Florida? Well, judging by Howard Leventhal's attempt to secure around $3 million in funding for a fake tricorder, the answer is one impressively delusional case of fraud. »
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. Today,… »
The X PRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm are partnering to try to make the Tricorder—Star Trek's famous health-diagnosing gadget—a reality. They are offering up $10 million in purse money. This may be the most practical X PRIZE yet. »
The venerable Star Trek tricorder, often imitated but never actually shown 100% emulating the one demonstrated in science fiction, could net an inventor $10 million if they're able to produce the real thing. »
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… »
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… »
If you ever watched an episode of Star Trek and wondered when we were going to finally get our hands on some cool medical gadgets like the tricorder, you will be happy to know that a primitive version already exists. Researchers knew that current medical scanners were too bulky and expensive to reach their full… »
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… »
"Mr. Spock, what is that substance?"
"Hmm...it appears to be a naked photo of the alien from Zentir 16. The one that you promised to show to no one else."
"Not that! The OTHER substance."
"Oh, that's just the STD you left on the picture...and my heart" »