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2012-12-07 01:38:42 PM  
She's dead, Jim.

/oblig

//Had an IT guy say that to me about a Blackberry
 
2012-12-07 01:44:36 PM  
 
2012-12-07 01:53:00 PM  
Need to be more bulky.
 
2012-12-07 01:53:39 PM  
Still no holodeck?
 
2012-12-07 01:53:57 PM  
Goddamn I love living in the future.
 
2012-12-07 01:56:15 PM  
Will it find the tumors I got testing for testing some science stuff for $60?
 
2012-12-07 01:56:50 PM  

neuroflare: Will it find the tumors I got testing for testing some science stuff for $60?


/doh
 
2012-12-07 01:58:44 PM  

Public Call Box: Goddamn I love living in the future.


Pretty much this.
 
2012-12-07 02:00:37 PM  

ristst: Still no holodeck?


April 4, 2063. 50 more years.
 
2012-12-07 02:00:42 PM  
Um, I was just in a random doctor's office and they clipped something on my finger that did this, except it had a readout ON THE DEVICE. It was like a ipod nano sized thing. Full color, with my pulse trace and O2Sat and everything. OK it didn't do temp because I guess you can't get that accurately from a finger. Still, it already exists and they were all shrugs when I said how cool it was.
 
2012-12-07 02:00:54 PM  
So what's the tally on inventions influenced by Star Trek vs Star Wars?

/ducks first
 
2012-12-07 02:13:03 PM  

PsyLord: So what's the tally on inventions influenced by Star Trek vs Star Wars?

/ducks first


I think DARPA is still hunting the elusive plasma sword, but I heard that will be after they crack that whole invisibility thing.
 
2012-12-07 02:19:34 PM  

Fark Reddit or bust: ristst: Still no holodeck?

April 4, 2063. 50 more years.


And in most time streams, the last thing ever invented.
 
2012-12-07 02:22:33 PM  

Warrener: Fark Reddit or bust: ristst: Still no holodeck?

April 4, 2063. 50 more years.

And in most time streams, the last thing ever invented.


Also, the new Star Trek farks over everything Star Trek that I grew up with sooooo....
 
2012-12-07 02:24:02 PM  

Warrener: Fark Reddit or bust: ristst: Still no holodeck?

April 4, 2063. 50 more years.

And in most time streams, the last thing ever invented.


Duh... because then they had Holo-Hookers.
 
2012-12-07 02:28:50 PM  
FTA: This personal health tricorder is so simple that it will cost around $150 when it appears at the end of 2013, after it gets US government approval.

In other words, it will come out in 2050, cost $5,000, and have only 1/3rd of the promised features.
 
2012-12-07 02:34:47 PM  

Bacontastesgood: Um, I was just in a random doctor's office and they clipped something on my finger that did this, except it had a readout ON THE DEVICE. It was like a ipod nano sized thing. Full color, with my pulse trace and O2Sat and everything. OK it didn't do temp because I guess you can't get that accurately from a finger. Still, it already exists and they were all shrugs when I said how cool it was.


Probably costs a lot more than this device is projected to cost, though.
 
2012-12-07 02:42:43 PM  

stevetherobot: Probably costs a lot more than this device is projected to cost, though.


If so the only difference would be "certified for use by a medical professional" by the FDA or something, where the manufacturer carries loads of insurance, versus this thing being labeled "not to be used for medical diagnosis". It's not like doctors offices want to waste money on fancy stuff. The same guy took my bp with a cuff and stethoscope just like they did 50 years ago.

My point is it's not new technology at all. The screen is like $50, so that's not a big effect. As for temperature you can buy the head scanners for $10.
 
2012-12-07 03:05:50 PM  

Fark Reddit or bust: Also, the new Star Trek farks over everything Star Trek that I grew up with sooooo....


I've never understood that mentality.

At this point lots of my childhood has been "rebooted" to the point of darker, grittier unrecognizability. Some of the new versions are crap. Some of the new versions are good. What they don't do in any way is affect how much I hate or love the original version.

/I can't wait for the darker, grittier reboot of The Princess Bride.
 
2012-12-07 03:07:16 PM  
FTFA comments:

What does the SCOUT say about his cholesterol level?
www.ash-official.com

I chuckled.
 
2012-12-07 03:08:01 PM  
dilbert.com
 
2012-12-07 03:09:49 PM  

Bacontastesgood: Um, I was just in a random doctor's office and they clipped something on my finger that did this, except it had a readout ON THE DEVICE. It was like a ipod nano sized thing. Full color, with my pulse trace and O2Sat and everything. OK it didn't do temp because I guess you can't get that accurately from a finger. Still, it already exists and they were all shrugs when I said how cool it was.


Well at least I don't get to be the the only "that guy" nerd that shiats all over this thing then. Look, this is nowhere near a medical tricorder. It's not going to tell you if the patient has cancer, any kind of disease, contaminants, organ problems, odd brain waves, infections or anything else. It's a home version of the little sensor they clip on your finger at doctor's offices all over the place and that's it. Come back when there's a real tricorder on the market.
 
2012-12-07 03:31:45 PM  

Public Call Box: Goddamn I love living in the future.


farm1.staticflickr.com

This.
 
2012-12-07 03:38:43 PM  
 
2012-12-07 04:08:50 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Bacontastesgood: Um, I was just in a random doctor's office and they clipped something on my finger that did this, except it had a readout ON THE DEVICE. It was like a ipod nano sized thing. Full color, with my pulse trace and O2Sat and everything. OK it didn't do temp because I guess you can't get that accurately from a finger. Still, it already exists and they were all shrugs when I said how cool it was.

Well at least I don't get to be the the only "that guy" nerd that shiats all over this thing then. Look, this is nowhere near a medical tricorder. It's not going to tell you if the patient has cancer, any kind of disease, contaminants, organ problems, odd brain waves, infections or anything else. It's a home version of the little sensor they clip on your finger at doctor's offices all over the place and that's it. Come back when there's a real tricorder on the market.


But it is a step in that direction.
 
2012-12-07 04:09:56 PM  
If it doesn't diagnose paranoid schizophrenia it's no use to my mom.
 
2012-12-07 04:13:25 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Bacontastesgood: Um, I was just in a random doctor's office and they clipped something on my finger that did this, except it had a readout ON THE DEVICE. It was like a ipod nano sized thing. Full color, with my pulse trace and O2Sat and everything. OK it didn't do temp because I guess you can't get that accurately from a finger. Still, it already exists and they were all shrugs when I said how cool it was.

Well at least I don't get to be the the only "that guy" nerd that shiats all over this thing then. Look, this is nowhere near a medical tricorder. It's not going to tell you if the patient has cancer, any kind of disease, contaminants, organ problems, odd brain waves, infections or anything else. It's a home version of the little sensor they clip on your finger at doctor's offices all over the place and that's it. Come back when there's a real tricorder on the market.


Except for the extra, cheaper things they're making to detect diseases, infections, and organ problems...

That said, I worry about anything that doesn't have a release date within two months. This could end up as so much vaporware. Which would be a damn shame if it does what they are saying it can.
 
2012-12-07 04:15:26 PM  

stevetherobot: Dingleberry Dickwad: Bacontastesgood: Um, I was just in a random doctor's office and they clipped something on my finger that did this, except it had a readout ON THE DEVICE. It was like a ipod nano sized thing. Full color, with my pulse trace and O2Sat and everything. OK it didn't do temp because I guess you can't get that accurately from a finger. Still, it already exists and they were all shrugs when I said how cool it was.

Well at least I don't get to be the the only "that guy" nerd that shiats all over this thing then. Look, this is nowhere near a medical tricorder. It's not going to tell you if the patient has cancer, any kind of disease, contaminants, organ problems, odd brain waves, infections or anything else. It's a home version of the little sensor they clip on your finger at doctor's offices all over the place and that's it. Come back when there's a real tricorder on the market.

But it is a step in that direction.


Only in so much as it's a home version of something that has existed for years now. It does only the smallest fraction of what a medical tricorder from the series does, so I'm not sure why someone decided to make the comparison. Mind you I'm not saying this is a bad thing. Since this thing is likely far cheaper than the hospital version, I'm betting it will help lower the cost of hospice type care a bit which is always a good thing.
 
2012-12-07 04:28:41 PM  

Fark Reddit or bust: ristst: Still no holodeck?

April 4, 2063. 50 more years.


Judgment Day.
 
2012-12-07 04:44:31 PM  
Isn't there some sort of X-price for a tricorder that can do a lot more than this device?
 
2012-12-07 04:45:15 PM  
er, X-prize, even.
 
2012-12-07 05:15:23 PM  
navitoworld.com
 
2012-12-07 05:30:45 PM  

Public Call Box: Goddamn I love living in the future.


"it will read your pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability and blood oxygenation."

You have a pretty low expectation of the future.

"The word "tricorder" is a portmanteau of "tri-" and "recorder", referring to the device's three default scanning functions: GEO (geological), MET (meteorological), and BIO (biological)."

So, this device does none of what a tricorder is supposed to do, but you have an erection equivalent to a 3D printing lunatic in a trinket thread.
 
2012-12-07 06:27:59 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Public Call Box: Goddamn I love living in the future.

"it will read your pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability and blood oxygenation."

You have a pretty low expectation of the future.

"The word "tricorder" is a portmanteau of "tri-" and "recorder", referring to the device's three default scanning functions: GEO (geological), MET (meteorological), and BIO (biological)."

So, this device does none of what a tricorder is supposed to do, but you have an erection equivalent to a 3D printing lunatic in a trinket thread.


Yeah! That's the ticket! Being jaded will take you to the far horizon. It's the very essence of creativity and innovation. You rock!
 
2012-12-07 06:29:33 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Public Call Box: Goddamn I love living in the future.

"it will read your pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability and blood oxygenation."

You have a pretty low expectation of the future.

"The word "tricorder" is a portmanteau of "tri-" and "recorder", referring to the device's three default scanning functions: GEO (geological), MET (meteorological), and BIO (biological)."

So, this device does none of what a tricorder is supposed to do,
but you have an erection equivalent to a 3D printing lunatic in a trinket thread.


Does that make the device any les interesting? I find it to be a really nice advancement, that has potential to improve our quality of healthcare if used properly. What's the negative point of that?
 
2012-12-07 06:30:34 PM  

fearmongert: Quantum Apostrophe: Public Call Box: Goddamn I love living in the future.

"it will read your pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability and blood oxygenation."

You have a pretty low expectation of the future.

"The word "tricorder" is a portmanteau of "tri-" and "recorder", referring to the device's three default scanning functions: GEO (geological), MET (meteorological), and BIO (biological)."

So, this device does none of what a tricorder is supposed to do, but you have an erection equivalent to a 3D printing lunatic in a trinket thread.

Does that make the device any les interesting? I find it to be a really nice advancement, that has potential to improve our quality of healthcare if used properly. What's the negative point of that?


*less*
 
2012-12-07 06:32:56 PM  
This has been up for hours and nobody has posted a link to the Sensordrone? What kind of Geek tab is this?

Gentlemen, I present the Sensordrone
 
2012-12-07 06:33:40 PM  

fearmongert: Quantum Apostrophe: Public Call Box: Goddamn I love living in the future.

"it will read your pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability and blood oxygenation."

You have a pretty low expectation of the future.

"The word "tricorder" is a portmanteau of "tri-" and "recorder", referring to the device's three default scanning functions: GEO (geological), MET (meteorological), and BIO (biological)."

So, this device does none of what a tricorder is supposed to do, but you have an erection equivalent to a 3D printing lunatic in a trinket thread.

Does that make the device any les interesting? I find it to be a really nice advancement, that has potential to improve our quality of healthcare if used properly. What's the negative point of that?


That's the thing, and gods help me I agree somewhat with QA, but it's not really an advancement. Hospitals and doctor's offices have had a device that does the exact same thing for years, with the differences being that the hospital one is likely much more expensive, and it clips on your finger. At best a device like this will help out home care and make it a touch cheaper but that's really about it.
 
2012-12-07 06:53:36 PM  

MrEricSir: FTA: This personal health tricorder is so simple that it will cost around $150 when it appears at the end of 2013, after it gets US government approval.

In other words, it will come out in 2050, cost $5,000, and have only 1/3rd of the promised features.


If it only has 1/3 of the features of a TRIcorder, then would that make it a unicorder?
 
2012-12-07 07:12:06 PM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: fearmongert: Quantum Apostrophe: Public Call Box: Goddamn I love living in the future.

"it will read your pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability and blood oxygenation."

You have a pretty low expectation of the future.

"The word "tricorder" is a portmanteau of "tri-" and "recorder", referring to the device's three default scanning functions: GEO (geological), MET (meteorological), and BIO (biological)."

So, this device does none of what a tricorder is supposed to do, but you have an erection equivalent to a 3D printing lunatic in a trinket thread.

Does that make the device any les interesting? I find it to be a really nice advancement, that has potential to improve our quality of healthcare if used properly. What's the negative point of that?

That's the thing, and gods help me I agree somewhat with QA, but it's not really an advancement. Hospitals and doctor's offices have had a device that does the exact same thing for years, with the differences being that the hospital one is likely much more expensive, and it clips on your finger. At best a device like this will help out home care and make it a touch cheaper but that's really about it.


It's not necessarily an advancement, but since it is now affordable for private use, THAT is the advancement... Much like how at one time computers were bulky and too large as well as cost prohibitive for the average person to own, yet here we are, having a dialog....
 
2012-12-07 07:38:10 PM  

fearmongert: Dingleberry Dickwad: fearmongert: Quantum Apostrophe: Public Call Box: Goddamn I love living in the future.

"it will read your pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability and blood oxygenation."

You have a pretty low expectation of the future.

"The word "tricorder" is a portmanteau of "tri-" and "recorder", referring to the device's three default scanning functions: GEO (geological), MET (meteorological), and BIO (biological)."

So, this device does none of what a tricorder is supposed to do, but you have an erection equivalent to a 3D printing lunatic in a trinket thread.

Does that make the device any les interesting? I find it to be a really nice advancement, that has potential to improve our quality of healthcare if used properly. What's the negative point of that?

That's the thing, and gods help me I agree somewhat with QA, but it's not really an advancement. Hospitals and doctor's offices have had a device that does the exact same thing for years, with the differences being that the hospital one is likely much more expensive, and it clips on your finger. At best a device like this will help out home care and make it a touch cheaper but that's really about it.

It's not necessarily an advancement, but since it is now affordable for private use, THAT is the advancement... Much like how at one time computers were bulky and too large as well as cost prohibitive for the average person to own, yet here we are, having a dialog....


That is how feel about this item. Anytime you can make modern tech available to the masses at a low cost is generally a good thing. Add in the affordable disposable test kits you can really take preventive care to a whole new level.
 
2012-12-07 07:43:03 PM  

sawzallz: fearmongert: Dingleberry Dickwad: fearmongert: Quantum Apostrophe: Public Call Box: Goddamn I love living in the future.

"it will read your pulse transit time, heart rate, electrical heart activity, temperature, heart rate variability and blood oxygenation."

You have a pretty low expectation of the future.

"The word "tricorder" is a portmanteau of "tri-" and "recorder", referring to the device's three default scanning functions: GEO (geological), MET (meteorological), and BIO (biological)."

So, this device does none of what a tricorder is supposed to do, but you have an erection equivalent to a 3D printing lunatic in a trinket thread.

Does that make the device any les interesting? I find it to be a really nice advancement, that has potential to improve our quality of healthcare if used properly. What's the negative point of that?

That's the thing, and gods help me I agree somewhat with QA, but it's not really an advancement. Hospitals and doctor's offices have had a device that does the exact same thing for years, with the differences being that the hospital one is likely much more expensive, and it clips on your finger. At best a device like this will help out home care and make it a touch cheaper but that's really about it.

It's not necessarily an advancement, but since it is now affordable for private use, THAT is the advancement... Much like how at one time computers were bulky and too large as well as cost prohibitive for the average person to own, yet here we are, having a dialog....

That is how feel about this item. Anytime you can make modern tech available to the masses at a low cost is generally a good thing. Add in the affordable disposable test kits you can really take preventive care to a whole new level.


Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this isn't a good thing by any means. Any time you can make home care cheaper and easier is a good thing, but trying to call this thing a tricorder is a joke. I'd also be willing to be this cheaper home version isn't considered accurate enough for actual hospital use, otherwise the price for it would be through the roof just because it can be sold to medical facilities.
 
2012-12-07 08:33:20 PM  
 
2012-12-07 08:35:12 PM  
Forget the tricorder geeky stuff. Just think how this could help bring more affordable medical care to people in poorer countries. Not to mention, as the article discussed, all the data that could be gathered (if people actually buy & use these things.) OTOH there's the lawsuit potential, but I guess that's good for lawyers. Or something.

Anyway, pretty exciting.
 
2012-12-07 10:26:56 PM  
Thanks for shiatting all over the thing, guys.

No, really.

Thanks.
 
2012-12-07 10:33:52 PM  
farm4.static.flickr.com

My Ferengy tricorder circa 2008.

/Contact barcode scanner
//I've come far forward since then 
///Don't copy me
 
2012-12-08 05:00:02 AM  
I distinctly remember seeing ads for this in OMNI magazine like 15-20 years ago...
 
2012-12-08 08:00:51 PM  
I've read about other "Tricorders." They were being used for analyzing plant health through analyzing the chlorophyll in the leaves and (I think) water vapor emitted through the leaves. It also did the whole temp/barometric pressure thing and a couple of other measurements. Maybe altitude? Anyway, it was meant to be for agricultural use. The article was about Star Trek-based inventions. Roddenberry had said anyone who invented something in the show could use the item's name on the show freely and I think the tricorder was the only one really developed at that point. Clamshell communicators still had yet to be designed, but they talked about the potential of car phones to move in that direction with enough engineering advances.

There weren't really any other advances that they could point to, so the tricorder really stuck in my mind.

Anyway, combine that with this and you are closer to a real tricorder.
 
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