Build the tricorder, win $10 million.

Has anyone ever thought it’s weird to write it like that? I always say “ten dollars million.” Someone should fix that.

Star Trek is kind of an old TV show, but it’s a favorite among nerds and geeks. On it, there’s this thing called the tricorder, which is used for collecting and recording data, and then analyzing it. It’s a generally super-useful thing.

Well, the X-Prize foundation has decided to give ten million dollars to anyone who can make a fully-functional tricorder. Because like a lot of sci-fi, the fictional gadgets wind up becoming feasible and possible, and would be really useful to have.

It would take some really heavy CS kung-fu to make one, but I think it’s possible.

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Nick has been a blogger since 2007 and is an English and Japanese major, though his roots are in engineering and the sciences. He tutors high school students in Math and English, and plans on becoming a Teacher. In his spare time Nick plays FPS, RTS and RPG computer games, Dungeons and Dragons (the tabletop version) and arcade dance games like DDR. He also likes reading sci-fi and fantasy novels, writing poetry and running. Nick plays drums for the band Tens and Twenties.
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One Response to Build the tricorder, win $10 million.

  1. S says:

    It IS possible. I made 2 Tricorders 15yrs ago to make it do “actual” things. One being a voice recorder (at the time limited to seconds).

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