Canadian-based Peter Jansen has been actively working in the development of the Science Tricorder. His goal is to create an inexpensive and easy to use device "that can sense a diverse array of phenomena that we can't normally see, and intuitively visualize them so we might see temperature or magnetism or pressure as naturally as we see colour."
Currently there are four Science Tricorder prototype models, collectively representing many hundreds of hours of development. Detailed design documents are available for both the Mark 1 and Mark 2, which are functional devices with working prototype software or firmware. The Science Tricorder Mark 3 prototype was an experiment in low-cost design, and the current model -- the Science Tricorder Mark 4 -- is an experiment in data visualization and low-cost design for manufacture.
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