Not very astronomy related (you could analyze meteor fragments with it), but shortly I think the Star Trek tricorder may be coming to a smartphone near you.
The old models from the original series may have been a little too bulky, but hey, so were the first mobile phones (more like mobile bricks, but you get the idea). The Next Generation tricorders are very similar to today’s smartphones in size and capability.
Newly release iPhoneEEG and other items are starting to make their way into tech that you carry with you everyday.
There is even a $10 million dollar XPrize competition to stimulate innovation and integration of precision diagnostic technologies, making definitive health assessment available directly to “health consumers.” Although I think this is more like the medical beds used in the series than a medical tricorder, but heck, it all works the same.
SCiO has a nifty invention that is the world’s first cheap ($199), accessible molecular spectrometer that relays information to your smartphone.
With the lower cost of hardware and the infrastructure in place, more new tech is emerging to give us a better view of ourselves and the world around us. Prototypes can be easily made using 3D printers and off the shelf hardware.
Now all that we need it somebody to put is all in a single device. That would be Sweeeet!
– Ex astris, scientia –
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