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    Star Trek's tricorder finally reaches the shops

    After a 2 year wait of a Kickstarter campaign which raised, I think, around $2m, in which I didn't participate, I just bought a "Scio molecular sensor".

    It pairs with a smartphone, creates a visible to infra-red absorption spectrograph and compares it to an on-phone library of known materials, and displays the closest match.

    It's the size of a small matchbox and it's dust-proof in a pocket. It has a Go button, a blue light to show it's active and a charger LED.

    All the drug dealers in creation will use one instead of towing in a 40 year old addict to lick the product off his fingers and say This is Grade A stuff boss. The phone will say 35% Cocaine and the dealer will bargain accordingly. The world is a safer place.

    The graphs are very reproducible, I'm extremely impressed. Until this arrived you needed a 20kg box attached to a USB port, disgracefully expensive quartz sample tubes and $8,000 at least for just the basic model. This pocket tricorder is a mere $300 and every child should have one.

    The App originally said it would reference a world-master database to make a wider comparison, I do hope the makers implement that instead of relying on the local trimmed-down copy. I'm glad there's a DIY library extender for specialist topics.

    The Australian Euthanasia Club, or whatever it's called, has a database add-on for Nembutal, so you can buy by post and know you're really going to die when you take it instead of waking up from a dose of Valium. It just shows how caring the world can be when it wants.
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    Re: Star Trek's tricorder finally reaches the shops

    So far I've mostly avoided mobile phones but if/when this becomes integral to them I will succumb. Especially if it opens like a proper Star Trek Tricorder. Sad, I know, but there are some things you don't grow out of.
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    Re: Star Trek's tricorder finally reaches the shops

    Quote Originally Posted by Clodhopper View Post
    if/when this becomes integral to them I will succumb
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    Smartphones also run Googe Earth, the nearest thing we have to Star Trek Transporter technology. If the only thing a smartphone did was allow a five year old to drop the little yellow man on a dirt track and wander around the back streets of Kinshasa alone for half an hour without fear of kidnap then it would still be worth the price. It's a working videophone too. It tells me when to catch a bus to get to Perranporth before the first set starts, when I have a ticket for a beach concert. The Stranglers are playing in a couple of weeks. I have a ticket to see The Underground Hippy next month too. My phone has their latest album stored and it takes noise-cancelling headphones when I'm traveling. How can you not have a smartphone?
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    ...cos I'm a techno-twit.

    In addition I don't run a car, reduce reuse recycle, compost, grow my own, now have a girlfriend who makes clothes...I'm becoming a caveman.
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    How did we all manage without it ?
    I thought I knew more than this until I opened my mouth

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    Much guesswork and replaceable addicts.
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    Re: Star Trek's tricorder finally reaches the shops

    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    Much guesswork and replaceable addicts.
    May I be impertinent to ask, what your Scio molecular sensor will be employed for ?
    I thought I knew more than this until I opened my mouth

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    Educating a five year old. And educating me, naturally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    Educating a five year old. And educating me, naturally.
    And to test if your apples are sweet enough ?
    No more counterfeit rolling baccy for you in future then.
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