tricorder

filled-with-fire-and-smoke asked:

Imagine Amanda and Sarek being transported on the Enterprise to a diplomatic conference with the Andorians to discuss the trade of a new crop. Jim and Spock talk with Sarek about the conference, leaving Amanda to her own devices. She wanders around for a bit before reaching Sickbay and meeting Bones. Hours later, Spock, Sarek, and Jim are looking for Amanda when they find her and Bones checking tricorders and telling each other stories about their kids (both biological and otherwise).

imagine amanda inviting bones over for dinner to ‘get to know this kind young man better, spock i dont know why you look all upset’

imagine halfway through the dinner spock being glad bones is there because he can make anybody laugh, including amanda, and its been a while since he got to see and hear his mother’s loud laughter

Everyone’s always looking at their tricorders these days.

Okay, so most people call them smartphones.  And this item, called the Node,

works with the Android to function as a gyroscope, thermometer, magnetometer, accelerometer, humidity meter, altimeter and barometer.  While NASA has already produced a small gas sensor chip

that plugs right into the iPhone’s dock.  But now someone has gone and taken it a step farther by creating an affordable spectrometer which reads a reflected beam of light to determine the molecular makeup of the object it shines upon.  The small hand-held device works with — what else? — your iPhone.

Tricorders have arrived.  Roddenberry’s guess as to when they would appear was just off by a couple of centuries.

This is a functional, Star Trek-style Tricorder designed by Peter Jansen. It’s a self-contained portable sensor. It has GPS, and it can measure ambient temperature, humidity, air pressure, magnetic fields, surface temperatures, colors, ambient light level, ambient polarization, acceleration, direction and distance (ultrasonically). This the the Mark I version, and you can build it yourself.

There’s also a Mark II version that’s faster, more powerful, and has more sensors, and like the Mark I, you can build it yourself.

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We agree with Amy Ratcliffe of Nerd Approved when she says, ”After lightsabers, the items I found to be the coolest in the sci-fi genre were Tricorders. The Star Trek gadgets were practical, solved a heck of a lot of problems, and they looked cool. While there have been many replicas, someone has finally built a working version. It’s not a precise duplicate of what you see in the series, but the spirit is the same. This functional, Star Trek-style Tricorder was designed by Peter Jansen.”

And we think it’s awesome!

The most basic description is that the Tricorder is a self-contained portable sensor. It has GPS, and it can measure ambient temperature, humidity, air pressure, magnetic fields, surface temperatures, colors, ambient light level, ambient polarization, acceleration, direction and distance (ultrasonically).

The second photo show the Mark 2 version (a work in progress—runs on Linux). If you visit Nerd Approved you’ll find a video showing how it works.

The Tricorder is an open source project, so you can learn how to build your own at The Tricorder Project. However, Jansen claims that a version could be mass-produced somewhere down the line.

[via Nerd Approved]

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Like the phaser, the tricorder was an indispensable piece of Star Trek technology which had to be updated for the 24th century. These concepts by Rick Sternbach show how the device evolved into the small, handheld unit that flipped open much like the original communicators.

Source: Star Trek The Next Generation: The Continuing Mission [Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens] 1997
Artwork by Rick Sternbach

imagine aos kirk and spock having a kid and they refer to spock prime as sa’mekh’al because its a damn sight easier just to tell them they have another grandfather than explain where he comes from to a small child

like just imagine a little girl with dark hair and blue eyes and pointed ears bounding off the shuttle onto new vulcan ahead of her parents and greeting spock prime with a proud and perfectly pronounced “dif-tor heh smusma, sah’mekh’al!”, a chubby-fingered ta’al and a jim’s bright sunshine smile

spock prime would absolutely adore her and spoil her rotten