As a lifelong Trekkie, I have always been in awe of the tricorders used by the Starfleet crew. Here on Earth, we are still years away from even coming close to that kind of technology. However, thanks to one very talented prop maker, I can now own my very own functioning tricorder! This is definitely a major win for all Trekkies out there. Check out the video below to see this amazing creation in action.

GitHub/YouTube user lambtor has created a working Star Trek: The Next Generation tricorder.

The project is centred on an Adafruit Feather nRF52840 Sense microcontroller which provides Bluetooth, accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity/light/colour/gesture sensor, microphone, humidity and temperature/barometric sensor/altitude sensors.

The tricorder uses a color display and various coloured LEDs and buttons to provide a user interface in the Star Trek LCARS format. An Adafruit MLX90640 24×32 IR Thermal Camera provides heat map readings.

The case is 3D printed (files on prusaprinters) and custom stickers were designed. Sounds is via a dedicated Adafruit sound board and are similar to those used on Star Trek. The project is coded in Arduino.

See the video and details on GitHub.


via Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!

February 17, 2022 at 07:39AM