Make It So: Open Source, Arduino-Based Tricorder Nears Completion – IEEE Spectrum

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Open Source Science Tricorder
    Science in your hand. A pocket-sized instrument capable of visualizing and exploring the world around you.

    Sensing Capabilities

    The current prototype has been designed to include the following sensing capabilities:

    Atmospheric Sensors

    Ambient Temperature and Humidity: Measurement Specialties HTU21D
    Ambient Pressure: Bosch Sensortec BMP180
    Multi-gas sensor: SGX-Sensortech MICS-6814

    Electromagnetic Sensors

    3-Axis Magnetometer: Honeywell HMC5883L
    Lightning sensor: AMS AS3935
    X-ray and Gamma Ray Detector: Radiation Watch Type 5
    Low-resolution thermal camera: Melexis MLX90620 16×4
    Home-built linear polarimeter: 2x TAOS TSL2561
    Colorimeter: TAOS TCS3472
    UV: Silicon Labs Si1145
    Spectrometer: Hamamatsu C12666MA micro-spectrometer, with NeoPixel light source

    Spatial Sensors

    Inertial Measurement Unit: Invensense MPU-9150 9-axis (3-axis accelerometer, gyro, and magnetometer)

    Other Sensors

    Microphone: Analog Devices ADMP401

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Hackaday Prize: The Hacker Behind The First Tricorder

    Smartphones are the most common expression of [Gene Roddneberry]‘s dream of a small device packed with sensors, but so far, the suite of sensors in the latest and greatest smartphone are only used to tell Uber where to pick you up, or upload pics to an Instagram account.

    [Peter]‘s entry, the Open Source Science Tricorder or the Arducorder Mini, is loaded down with sensors. With the right software, it’s able to tell [Peter] the health of leaves, how good the shielding is on [Peter]‘s CT scanner, push all the data to the web, and provide a way to sense just about anything happening in the environment.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Medical Tricorder Mark I

    A handheld tricorder is as good a reason as any to start a project. The science-fiction-derived form factor provides an opportunity to work on a lot of different areas of hardware development like portable power, charging, communications between sensor and microcontroller. And of course you need a user interface so that the values being returned will have some meaning for the user.

    Medical tricorder


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