Get a Tricorder for $150 sometime in the New Year

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2012 - 02:46 PM |
Tagged: tricorder, Scanadu, SCOUT

At $150 the Scanadu Scout sits at a very tempting price point for gadget lovers, which is only going to become more attractive as you learn about what it can do from Gizmodo.  Aimed more at health nuts, there is still a lot of fun a geek who is less concerned about their health than the tech inside the SCOUT.  In 10 seconds of you attaching the sensor to your temple, your Android or iPhone will receive data on your pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability and blood oxygenation.  Check out more about the SCOUT, the ScanaFlo and the ScanaFlu right here.

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"The device you're looking at is called the Scanadu SCOUT and, basically, it's a medical tricorder that will give you precise vital information about any human being within seconds, just on contact."

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Source: Gizmodo

He's dead Jim ... or at least that's what my Tricorder says

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2012 - 01:13 PM |
Tagged: tricorder, DIY

The plans for the Tricorder Mk II have been released by The Tricorder Project and just who in their right mind would not want to build one for themselves ... or their kids.  The device uses an Atmel AT91RM9200 processor, 32MB SDRAM and a pair of touchscreen OLEDs powered by an Epson S6E63D6 and runs Debian Linux. 

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The sensor suite onboard can monitor a variety of atmospheric, electromagnetic, temperature and spatial values.  Toss your old IR thermometer away, the Tricorder will give you that measurement and distance as well.  You might as well dump the GPS as well since the Tricorder has you covered.  You will need a bit of skill in assembling electronics and soldering to finish the project, along with roughly $500 but the instructions are very detailed and in the end ... you get a working Tricorder!

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"The Science Tricorder Mark 2 prototype sensor board contains ten different sensing modalities, organized into three main categories: atmospheric sensors, electromagnetic sensors, and spatial sensors. Many of the sensors are similar to those used in the Science Tricorder Mark 1, where the differences are centrally in upgrading sensors to higher-resolution versions where possible. The prototype sensor board also includes an imaging sensor, in the form of a cell phone camera, that is untested. Sensor boards for the Mark 2 are designed to be self-contained, include separate microcontrollers for low-level sensor communication, and as such are more easily upgraded."

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