Inspired by the X-Prize Foundation's announcement of a contest to build a Star Trek-style medical tricorder, cognitive artificial intelligence researcher Peter Jansen has released open source designs for two science tricorders he developed while in grad school at Canada's McMaster University.
The Tricorder Mark 1 contains 11 different atmospheric, electromagnetic and spatial sensors, along with a display to visualize the data from each of them. It can detect magnetic fields, measure barometric pressure and detect absolute temperature and humidity, among other things.
The Tricorder Mark 2 has the same sensor array as the Mark 1, but runs on a much faster ARM processor. It's comparable to a Nintendo DSi, but with twice the RAM and a higher-res display.
Both models have polystyrene cases designed to look like Trek's tricorders.
Although Jansen's science tricorders are impressive, they're not eligible for the X-Prize, which is seeking a medical tricorder that can diagnose 15 distinct diseases.
If he wants to go for it, though, he still has time: the deadline is over three years away.