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tri corder? Answered

has any one attempted to build a functional; tri corder from star trek . or somewhat functional if just a show piece


The tricorder was strictly a plot device -- it did entirely too many things, entirely too well, based on the needs of the story. Portable computers of that size are now relatively easy; the hardest part is the sensors.

I've seen DARPA projects that look awfully like a "Tri-corder" in specification. If you were looking for a sort of hand-held 3D scanner, that's been done and marketed I think as a "tricorder"