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"Real-life Tricorder" To Be Tested On International Space Station 46

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cylonlover writes "While still impressive, the capabilities of early 'tricorders,' such as the Scanadu and Dr Jansen's tricorder, fall well short of the Star Trek device that inspired them. But a new miniaturized version of a flow cytometer called the Microflow to be tested on the International Space Station (ISS) brings the age of instant diagnosis of medical conditions using a portable device a step closer. The Microflow could also make its way into doctor's offices here on Earth where it might help cut down on the number of follow up visits required after waiting to get results back from the lab."
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"Real-life Tricorder" To Be Tested On International Space Station

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  • Short version (Score:5, Insightful)

    by wbr1 (2538558) on Wednesday August 29, 2012 @10:18PM (#41174661)
    For the tl;dr people
    Not a tricorder but very effin cool.
    • but see, they don't need one since the ISS has an onboard emergency medical hologram :-P
    • Also, there was 2 types of tricorders:
      Spock's regular tricorder
      Bones' medical tricorder. (has a scanning cylinder that detaches fro the unit)

  • by Anonymous Coward
    is an android that connects to webmd.
  • Paramount lawsuit in 3 2 1

    Anyway where on the ISS are they going to find the alien life(but not as we know it)form to test it on?

  • Star Trek (Score:5, Informative)

    by bgibby9 (614547) on Wednesday August 29, 2012 @10:25PM (#41174705) Homepage

    Let's face it, everything revealed within Star Trek (or most Sci-Fi for that fact) will eventually come to pass not because it's "going" to happen, but through hard work and effort from those who want to see that tech become reality.

    Either way I say, go hard ppl!

    • by wbr1 (2538558)
      Or most sci-fi you say?

      Planet of the Apes?
      Soylent Green?
      Omega Man>

      Or, to get away from Charleton Heston:

      Farenheit 452
      1984
      Ender's Game
      Logan's Run
      Flowers for Algernon

      Need I continue?

    • With enough energy in a single spot you create matter. The highest power Lasers here on Earth already do create matter. Light is simply electromagnetism. Your brain is an electrochemical computer. With a big enough and powerful enough mind, your could use your thoughts alone to become invisible, create and manipulate matter, etc. So, Q seems legit. Now, if we can just get the religious fundamentalists to let us put cybergenetic implants in children we'll get there faster. Otherwise, we'll just use r

      • by Jesus_666 (702802)
        Of all the races in Star Trek you chose Q as the role model? Okay, so at least it's not the Ferengi but still there has to be a better goal to shoot for.

        Except if you actually propose a race of John de Lancie clones.
        • Rules of acquisition #45 "Expand, or die"

          He could still be following the rules of acquisition just looking to expand his mind.

    • Either way I say, go hard ppl!

      ... ... ... ... ...I'm at work. :/

    • by FlopEJoe (784551)

      Let's face it, everything revealed within Star Trek (or most Sci-Fi for that fact) will eventually come to pass not because it's "going" to happen, but through hard work and effort from those who want to see that tech become reality.

      It will not come to pass through hard work and effort. It will happen because the government built a road in front of the developer's house.

    • by rossdee (243626)

      Wehaven't even got a theoretical way to do the Impulse Drive, let alone Warp Drive and that is the heart of Star Trek and similar SF tales.

    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      Let's face it, everything revealed within Star Trek (or most Sci-Fi for that fact) will eventually come to pass

      Most, or at least much of it already has. When Star Trek came out in 1966 there were no cell phones (communicators), flat screen computers, voice activated computers, self-opening doors, medical readouts, space shuttles... and in some cases we've already bypassed Star Trek's tech. In The Wrath of Khan, McCoy gave Kirk a pair of reading glasses. In 2003 the FDA approved the CrystaLens, an implant th

  • 5 years and apple (Score:5, Insightful)

    by onyxruby (118189) <{onyxruby} {at} {comcast.net}> on Wednesday August 29, 2012 @11:46PM (#41175121)

    Give it 5 years and Apple will be suing other people for their patent on the "Irecorder".

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Is that for recording irony?

  • ...but how does that qualify as Tricorder or Tricorder-like-device?

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