The Tricorder – the Next Star Trek Inspired Device to Come True?

By Michael Edmonds 28/04/2015 1


Most Star Trek fans point to the Star Trek communicator as an example of yesterday’s science fiction becoming today’s science fact, in the development of the mobile phone. With the warp drive and transporter still out of reach, the next Star Trek inspired device is likely to be the tricorder, thanks to a competition currently being run by Qualcomm.

I was surprised to find out that this competition has been running since 2013 and that the ten finalist teams are now working towards judging at the end of this year. Unfortunately (but not unsurprisingly) the website has few details regarding each teams devices so we may have to wait until the end of the year to find out how close they get to producing a tricorder.

 


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