Imagine you can see what cannot be seen. Wouldn't you want to actually be able to see beyond the visible?
The good news is that from now on it will be possible to see things we have previously only dreamt of.
We certainly live in exciting times. More and more devices that have long been considered pure science fiction are now quickly becoming reality.
Next on the list we have the famous Star Trek tricorder that has just been developed by Dr. Peter Jansen, a PhD graduate of the Cognitive Science Laboratory at
McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Perhaps one of the best things about Jansen's great inventions is that anyone who follows the online instructions can build the tricorder!
So, why not start and build your own Star Trek tricorder today?
Dr. Jansen does not deny that Star Trek inspired his scientific career.
He has been thinking of creating a tricorder since he was "a kid in high school", but it was first in 2007 that he started to actually working on the device.
"My dad and I used to watch Star Trek together when I was little, and so I really grew up watching these amazing scientifically-inspired stories about exploring
My dad taught me how to make, create, design, build, program, and solder from a young age, and I think the combination of having him
encourage me to learn more about the world, and encourage me to build things, led me to really want to become a scientist and make the technology
that I was so inspired by in Star Trek a reality.
Star Trek has inspired Dr. Jansen to become a scientist.
I secretly want to explore space, and when I (as a kid) learned we couldn't really do that yet, and that we hadn't even been back to the Moon in my lifetime,
I was really inspired to set out and make it happen. It turns out it's a little tricky to make warp drives, so I ended up having to start a little smaller!"
Dr. Jensen said.
The first time science fictions fans encountered a tricorder was when the device appeared on the original show's initial episode in 1966.
As some may recall, Captain. Kirk swaggered toward audiences with his phaser weapon holstered to his side but a tricorder in his hand.
The hand-held devices for data sensing, analysis and recording, have been a part of "Star Trek" ever since.
Dr. Jansen's favorite tricorder, is a model with screens on top and bottom. it is the one that appeared in when "Star Trek: Voyager" was on the air.
The tricorder Dr. Jansen has created is not as advanced as the one we have seen on television, but it is nevertheless a very sophisticated device.
Dr. Jansen consider his tricorder to be a practical tool that can be used for building inspection, for instance, where it might help taking
temperature and humidity readings or be a distance sensor to measure rooms.
"In Star Trek a Tricorder is a handheld device that looks sort of like a flip phone, that people can use to sense or detect pretty much anything you could imagine,
from life signs to radiation to the chemicals that make up an object.
An analogy that I like to use is that they're sort of like a "swiss army knife" of science -- they're very general tools that contain a variety of different
sensors for learning as much as possible about the world, or something that you're scanning.
The Tricorders that I've released are of course much simpler than the ones on the show -- they can detect basic things relating to atmospheric measurements
(like temperature, pressure, or humidity), electromagnetic measurements about magnetic fields or light, and spatial measurements about distance or motion,"
Dr. Jansen said.
This is what the tricorder developed by Dr. Jansen looks like.
No independent group has yet verified his claims for the device which, he said, is one reason for placing his designs on a public website as
an "open source" that technology makers can utilize to test and tinker.
Jansen has posted schematics and designs of his first and second prototypes, the Mark 1 and Mark 2, for anyone to see and build.
Jansen expects to have his latest version, the Mark 4, produced for "about $200."
"Everything you need to build one is on line" at www.tricorderproject.org, said Jansen. He hopes others will follow his lead.
Dr. Jansen is currently working on yet another Star Trek device that will create 3D objects and foods that are dimensional copies of real items.
Yes, he is trying to produce a replicator!
In addition, Dr. Jansen is also active in the Artificial Intelligence world, where he is taking "baby steps" in creating robots that think for themselves!
We will, with no doubt hear more about Dr. Jansen's fantastic designs in the very near future. Meanwhile, anyone who is interested in learning more
about the Star Trek tricorder can visit the project group - www.tricorderproject.org.
Fantastic Biological Street Lighting
Using Glowing Plants And Trees As An Energy Source
Will glowing trees replace street lamps in the near future? Can glowing plants be used as a source of light?
These questions have occupied a group of scientists who have come up with an ingenious idea how to cut electricity costs and reduce light pollution.
Walking down the street a late evening you might actually find yourself surrounded by amazingly beautiful glowing trees and pants, instead of ordinary street lamps.
Living Earth Simulator - Supercomputer Predicting The Future
In Douglas Adams book the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy we encounter a machine called Deep Thought. It is the most powerful computer
ever built. Deep Thought is capable of answering questions concerning life, the Universe, and simply everything. Now scientists are planning
to create a similar machine. It is called the Living Earth Simulator (LES).
Can a supercomputer really predict the future? There are researchers who believe it possible to construct a machine that can predict
anything from next financial crisis to next social trends.
Artificial Intelligence: Super-Turing Machine Imitates Human Brain
As computer scientists this year celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the mathematical genius Alan Turing, who set out the
basis for digital computing in the 1930s to anticipate the electronic age, they still quest after a machine as adaptable and intelligent as the human brain.
Abnormal Star Discovered In The 'Forbidden Zone'
A team of astrophysicists from Germany, France and Italy have discovered in the constellation Leo is an old star.
The star's existence raised at once many questions for scientists.
The object is definitely not as its "contemporaries" that appeared immediately after the Big Bang event.
Powerful Jet Pointing Directly At Earth
They are among the most fascinating cosmic phenomena. Astronomers know them as blazars and each of them harbors a supermassive black hole and jets emanating
in opposite directions from near its poles. These sources are unique evidence of the most extreme speeds and energies known in the extreme Universe.
Astrophysicist Resolves Paradox With Radio Millisecond Pulsars
Celestial objects known as pulsars are still full of secrets. It is takes time and many efforts to learn all their secrets. Previous studies reached
the paradoxical conclusion that some millisecond pulsars are even older than the universe itself. It was time to resolve this paradox.
The Eyes Of A Future Alien Astronomer - What Will They See?
Have you ever wondered what the Universe will look like for a future alien astronomer?
It will in fact be entirely different from what it is today.
One trillion years from now, an alien astronomer in our galaxy will have great difficulties figuring out how the universe began.
The Milky Way will have merged with the Andromeda galaxy to form the Milkomeda galaxy. Many of its stars, including our Sun, will have burned out.
"Sacred" 1.7 Million Volt Light Of The Gods
Today, his cool experiment enables Zeus-like miracles!
For the ancient Greeks, the occurrence of lightning mean that Zeus, lord of heaven,
was often very angry and upset. God used to throw jagged, terrifying bolts of lightning, like spears of fire. This was for the ancients, a "sacred light".
In his lab near Chicago, Illinois, a retired electrical engineer, Bert Hickman, uses a particle accelerator acrylic plastic to "grab and keep the wrath of Zeus"...
Our Universe Is A Gigantic And
Wonderfully Detailed Holographic Illusion
In our daily life we are not aware that we may, in fact, live in a hologram and our existence is a holographic projection, nothing more.
All what we believe is real, our whole physical world, is - in fact - an illusion being proved by the holographic universe,
one of the most remarkable theories of 20th century...