Star Trek is full of futuristic gizmos, from phazers to replicators to teleporters, but few of them are more iconic than the understated Tricorder.
As Trekkies will no doubt know, the Tricorder is a sophisticated scanner devise which can reveal a whole host of information about anything it's pointed at. Usually, it's just used to provide exposition in a short amount of time, but for some reason this was the one Star Trek gadget I wanted as a kid - despite the fact it didn't shoot stuff or cause explosions.
Well, my childhood Star Trekian dreams could be about to come true with the SensorDrone from SensorCon. This 'multisensor' tool basically works like a relatively low-tech version of a Tricorder - providing loads of (admittedly unimportant information) about whatever it's hovered near.
The device connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and can detect a range of different 'stuff' (that's the scientific term) from its 11 different sensors. Here's what StackSocial say about the product:
- Includes three types of gas sensors, ambient and non-contact thermometers, a humidity sensor, a pressure sensor, light and color meters, a proximity sensor and an expansion connector interface.
- Ideal for detecting gas leaks, breathalyzing, monitoring the weather, engine diagnostics, or checking storage conditions. Can also be used for measuring light intensity and sunlight, finding wall studs, measuring liquid levels, and even monitoring blood pressure if you attach a cuff.
- Easy to set up – download any of the eight free data-crunching apps, connect to the Sensordrone via Bluetooth, and you're ready to go.
- Extensible and programmable, thanks to open source software.
- Works with Android (Froyo 2.2 or later), and iOS (6.1 or later).
The SensorCon team originally headed to crowdsourcing sites to raise the funds required to get the SensorDrone going. In the end it actually made seven times it's target, which at least suggests some people actually want one of these. Check out the Kickstarter video below to see how the SensorDrone can provide useful information such as, drinking alcohol increases your blood alcohol level and hot drinks are hot!
If you want to get your hands on one of these, I'm afraid it's probably going to put you back about $200, which is quite a lot for something which to most people is probably just a gimmick. I imagine this device could be useful for certain professions, but then I also expect there are cheaper, more precise and more specific alternatives on the market.
What do you think of the SensorDrone?