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(SeattlePI)   Tricorder one step closer to reality   (blog.seattlepi.com) divider line 41
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2014-08-29 09:42:16 AM  
What about kidney pills?
 
2014-08-29 10:36:48 AM  
Meh... call me when someone invents the Orgasmatron.
 
2014-08-29 10:53:35 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Meh... call me when someone invents the Orgasmatron.


upload.wikimedia.org

The person you want to speak to is named "Lemmy Kilmister".
 
2014-08-29 01:34:32 PM  
It's funny how in this day and age how freaking dated and clunky the Star Trek tricorders  look. Even the Next Gen era tricorders look like they're already obsolete.

It's so hard to create believable future sci-fi tech that doesn't look completely dated in 20 years time.
 
2014-08-29 01:34:58 PM  
"SCANADU" sounds like an Olivia Newton John nude fakes site from the 90s.
 
2014-08-29 01:51:17 PM  
Meh, call me when they invent the Holodeck
 
2014-08-29 02:05:41 PM  

Ghastly: It's funny how in this day and age how freaking dated and clunky the Star Trek tricorders  look. Even the Next Gen era tricorders look like they're already obsolete.

It's so hard to create believable future sci-fi tech that doesn't look completely dated in 20 years time.


The best thing is to just hide or minimize it.   The flat panels in TNG work well because of that reason:  It's minimalist.
 
2014-08-29 02:22:58 PM  
Fark everything, we are doing fivecorders!
 
2014-08-29 02:23:59 PM  

texdent: Meh, call me when they invent the Holodeck


business.mega.mu
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-08-29 02:26:27 PM  
He said "holodeck", not "hallucishack".
 
2014-08-29 02:34:26 PM  

dittybopper: He said "holodeck", not "hallucishack".


i.kinja-img.com

Fine, but at least this sh*t doesn't happen in my hallucishack.
 
2014-08-29 02:44:50 PM  

dittybopper: Ghastly: It's funny how in this day and age how freaking dated and clunky the Star Trek tricorders  look. Even the Next Gen era tricorders look like they're already obsolete.

It's so hard to create believable future sci-fi tech that doesn't look completely dated in 20 years time.

The best thing is to just hide or minimize it.   The flat panels in TNG work well because of that reason:  It's minimalist.


Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.

I heard a fan explanation that some sort of funky static field is applied over the star trek touch screens so that they create the illusion of touch when you press the virtual keys. Maybe that's what makes them all explode every time the ship hits a space bump.
 
2014-08-29 02:54:07 PM  
Wake me when I can use it to scan other when speed dating to see if they are lying about the herpes.
 
2014-08-29 02:57:55 PM  

Ghastly: Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.


You say that, but think about, for example, the POS systems at fast food restaurants.  We use them for that sort of thing all the time.
 
2014-08-29 03:11:09 PM  

dittybopper: Ghastly: Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.

You say that, but think about, for example, the POS systems at fast food restaurants.  We use them for that sort of thing all the time.


Every time I see POS system I immediately think Piece of Shiat system. Having worked in retail has not changed that perception one bit.

I think there's a slight difference between using a touch screen to press a picture of a hamburger to sell said hamburger and using a touch screen to shunt the warp plasma from the secondary antimatter manifold through the gravitron field emitter and synchronize it with the depolarized neutrino array and rerouting the impulse matrix output to the main deflector.
 
2014-08-29 03:20:37 PM  

texdent: Meh, call me when they invent the Holodeck


Here's the alpha: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb9ayYGM-4c
 
2014-08-29 03:24:29 PM  

Ghastly: dittybopper: Ghastly: Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.

You say that, but think about, for example, the POS systems at fast food restaurants.  We use them for that sort of thing all the time.

Every time I see POS system I immediately think Piece of Shiat system. Having worked in retail has not changed that perception one bit.

I think there's a slight difference between using a touch screen to press a picture of a hamburger to sell said hamburger and using a touch screen to shunt the warp plasma from the secondary antimatter manifold through the gravitron field emitter and synchronize it with the depolarized neutrino array and rerouting the impulse matrix output to the main deflector.


You're right:  One is done literally millions of times every single day, and the other isn't.

That's not to say I like touch screens, I actually hate them.  I like a nice tactile keyboard.  But as a science fiction input device, they aren't implausible, and in fact they are planned to be used in upcoming spacecraft:

rocketry.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-29 03:34:16 PM  
I like how this article throws out the name of a start up with a mockup picture and glosses over all the other teams in the running for this prize. I bet if I had a lot of money and was into investing in biotech start ups I would consider throwing money at this competitor for the X-Prize after having my subordinates do the proper due diligence on this company,
 
2014-08-29 04:05:04 PM  

Ghastly: dittybopper: Ghastly: Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.

You say that, but think about, for example, the POS systems at fast food restaurants.  We use them for that sort of thing all the time.

Every time I see POS system I immediately think Piece of Shiat system. Having worked in retail has not changed that perception one bit.

I think there's a slight difference between using a touch screen to press a picture of a hamburger to sell said hamburger and using a touch screen to shunt the warp plasma from the secondary antimatter manifold through the gravitron field emitter and synchronize it with the depolarized neutrino array and rerouting the impulse matrix output to the main deflector.


It's better than the tactile free hand waggling from Minority Report
 
2014-08-29 04:11:32 PM  

Fano: Ghastly: dittybopper: Ghastly: Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.

You say that, but think about, for example, the POS systems at fast food restaurants.  We use them for that sort of thing all the time.

Every time I see POS system I immediately think Piece of Shiat system. Having worked in retail has not changed that perception one bit.

I think there's a slight difference between using a touch screen to press a picture of a hamburger to sell said hamburger and using a touch screen to shunt the warp plasma from the secondary antimatter manifold through the gravitron field emitter and synchronize it with the depolarized neutrino array and rerouting the impulse matrix output to the main deflector.

It's better than the tactile free hand waggling from Minority Report


I got an erection once using one of those interfaces and a little wooden ball came out the machine accusing me of rape.
 
2014-08-29 04:15:39 PM  

Fano: It's better than the tactile free hand waggling from Minority Report


static.droidblog.net

Could be worse

/actually seemed portrayed as more 3D-ish than Minority Report, which seemed closer to 2D in the air.
 
2014-08-29 04:31:46 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Fano: It's better than the tactile free hand waggling from Minority Report

[static.droidblog.net image 246x300]

Could be worse

/actually seemed portrayed as more 3D-ish than Minority Report, which seemed closer to 2D in the air.


Now you're playing with POWER!
 
2014-08-29 04:45:46 PM  

Ghastly: dittybopper: Ghastly: Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.

You say that, but think about, for example, the POS systems at fast food restaurants.  We use them for that sort of thing all the time.

Every time I see POS system I immediately think Piece of Shiat system. Having worked in retail has not changed that perception one bit.

I think there's a slight difference between using a touch screen to press a picture of a hamburger to sell said hamburger and using a touch screen to shunt the warp plasma from the secondary antimatter manifold through the gravitron field emitter and synchronize it with the depolarized neutrino array and rerouting the impulse matrix output to the main deflector.


Ha, a lot you know. The warp plasma must pass through the first antimatter manifold before it's viable for synchronization with a depolarized neutrino array. Why not just shove a hotdog in the warp generator while you're at it.
 
2014-08-29 04:52:14 PM  
Remember when those communicators seemed like futuristic sci-fi nonsense? Now everybody has a cell phone.
 
2014-08-29 04:53:57 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Why not just shove a hotdog in the warp generator while you're at it.


Sulu ate the hotdogs.
 
2014-08-29 05:04:30 PM  

UsikFark: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Why not just shove a hotdog in the warp generator while you're at it.

Sulu ate the hotdogs.


Oh my.

Now seriously, if this is true, it could be very good.
 
2014-08-29 05:07:25 PM  

47 is the new 42: UsikFark: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Why not just shove a hotdog in the warp generator while you're at it.

Sulu ate the hotdogs.

Oh my.

Now seriously, if this is true, it could be very good.


The tricorder being one step closer to reality part.
 
2014-08-29 05:12:54 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Ghastly: dittybopper: Ghastly: Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.

You say that, but think about, for example, the POS systems at fast food restaurants.  We use them for that sort of thing all the time.

Every time I see POS system I immediately think Piece of Shiat system. Having worked in retail has not changed that perception one bit.

I think there's a slight difference between using a touch screen to press a picture of a hamburger to sell said hamburger and using a touch screen to shunt the warp plasma from the secondary antimatter manifold through the gravitron field emitter and synchronize it with the depolarized neutrino array and rerouting the impulse matrix output to the main deflector.

Ha, a lot you know. The warp plasma must pass through the first antimatter manifold before it's viable for synchronization with a depolarized neutrino array. Why not just shove a hotdog in the warp generator while you're at it.


Um hello! Are you suggesting that I want the inertial dampeners to be destabilized at sub-light speeds greater than 1/4 impulse because that is EXACTLY what would happen if I followed that outdated procedure. Is your name Joe Piscopo because you sir, are making me laugh!
 
2014-08-29 05:53:10 PM  

Ghastly: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Ghastly: dittybopper: Ghastly: Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.

You say that, but think about, for example, the POS systems at fast food restaurants.  We use them for that sort of thing all the time.

Every time I see POS system I immediately think Piece of Shiat system. Having worked in retail has not changed that perception one bit.

I think there's a slight difference between using a touch screen to press a picture of a hamburger to sell said hamburger and using a touch screen to shunt the warp plasma from the secondary antimatter manifold through the gravitron field emitter and synchronize it with the depolarized neutrino array and rerouting the impulse matrix output to the main deflector.

Ha, a lot you know. The warp plasma must pass through the first antimatter manifold before it's viable for synchronization with a depolarized neutrino array. Why not just shove a hotdog in the warp generator while you're at it.

Um hello! Are you suggesting that I want the inertial dampeners to be destabilized at sub-light speeds greater than 1/4 impulse because that is EXACTLY what would happen if I followed that outdated procedure. Is your name Joe Piscopo because you sir, are making me laugh!


Oh, it's so on. Meet me in engineering in an hour.
 
2014-08-29 05:55:58 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Ghastly: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Ghastly: dittybopper: Ghastly: Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.

You say that, but think about, for example, the POS systems at fast food restaurants.  We use them for that sort of thing all the time.

Every time I see POS system I immediately think Piece of Shiat system. Having worked in retail has not changed that perception one bit.

I think there's a slight difference between using a touch screen to press a picture of a hamburger to sell said hamburger and using a touch screen to shunt the warp plasma from the secondary antimatter manifold through the gravitron field emitter and synchronize it with the depolarized neutrino array and rerouting the impulse matrix output to the main deflector.

Ha, a lot you know. The warp plasma must pass through the first antimatter manifold before it's viable for synchronization with a depolarized neutrino array. Why not just shove a hotdog in the warp generator while you're at it.

Um hello! Are you suggesting that I want the inertial dampeners to be destabilized at sub-light speeds greater than 1/4 impulse because that is EXACTLY what would happen if I followed that outdated procedure. Is your name Joe Piscopo because you sir, are making me laugh!

Oh, it's so on. Meet me in engineering in an hour.


NO ANDROIDS!
 
2014-08-29 06:17:02 PM  
That guy?  He's a friend of my sister's.  I've followed this via her facebook for a while.
 
2014-08-29 06:17:51 PM  
Wait, never mind, that's a different real tricorder competing for a major prize.  My bad.
 
2014-08-29 06:47:42 PM  
Damit Jim!  I'm a doctor, not an engineer!
 
2014-08-29 06:50:18 PM  

Ghastly: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Ghastly: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Ghastly: dittybopper: Ghastly: Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.

You say that, but think about, for example, the POS systems at fast food restaurants.  We use them for that sort of thing all the time.

Every time I see POS system I immediately think Piece of Shiat system. Having worked in retail has not changed that perception one bit.

I think there's a slight difference between using a touch screen to press a picture of a hamburger to sell said hamburger and using a touch screen to shunt the warp plasma from the secondary antimatter manifold through the gravitron field emitter and synchronize it with the depolarized neutrino array and rerouting the impulse matrix output to the main deflector.

Ha, a lot you know. The warp plasma must pass through the first antimatter manifold before it's viable for synchronization with a depolarized neutrino array. Why not just shove a hotdog in the warp generator while you're at it.

Um hello! Are you suggesting that I want the inertial dampeners to be destabilized at sub-light speeds greater than 1/4 impulse because that is EXACTLY what would happen if I followed that outdated procedure. Is your name Joe Piscopo because you sir, are making me laugh!

Oh, it's so on. Meet me in engineering in an hour.

NO ANDROIDS!


Not even if they're fully functional and programmed in multiple techniques?
 
2014-08-29 07:49:48 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Ghastly: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Ghastly: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Ghastly: dittybopper: Ghastly: Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.

You say that, but think about, for example, the POS systems at fast food restaurants.  We use them for that sort of thing all the time.

Every time I see POS system I immediately think Piece of Shiat system. Having worked in retail has not changed that perception one bit.

I think there's a slight difference between using a touch screen to press a picture of a hamburger to sell said hamburger and using a touch screen to shunt the warp plasma from the secondary antimatter manifold through the gravitron field emitter and synchronize it with the depolarized neutrino array and rerouting the impulse matrix output to the main deflector.

Ha, a lot you know. The warp plasma must pass through the first antimatter manifold before it's viable for synchronization with a depolarized neutrino array. Why not just shove a hotdog in the warp generator while you're at it.

Um hello! Are you suggesting that I want the inertial dampeners to be destabilized at sub-light speeds greater than 1/4 impulse because that is EXACTLY what would happen if I followed that outdated procedure. Is your name Joe Piscopo because you sir, are making me laugh!

Oh, it's so on. Meet me in engineering in an hour.

NO ANDROIDS!

Not even if they're fully functional and programmed in multiple techniques?


Hmmmm.... well I do like multiple techniques.
 
2014-08-29 08:33:36 PM  
There is no tricorder. Do-corder or do-not-corder.
 
2014-08-29 09:30:29 PM  

Ghastly: Piece of Shiat system.


Is that the system itself, the item being sold, or the person doing the selling?
 
2014-08-30 02:09:48 AM  

dittybopper: Ghastly: dittybopper: Ghastly: Although the flat screens worked because we really didn't have any serious touch screen technology when TNG first aired. Now that we're all familiar with smartphone and tablet touch interfaces it becomes readily apparent that operating anything for prolonged periods of time with a touchscreen interface would suck ass.

You say that, but think about, for example, the POS systems at fast food restaurants.  We use them for that sort of thing all the time.

Every time I see POS system I immediately think Piece of Shiat system. Having worked in retail has not changed that perception one bit.

I think there's a slight difference between using a touch screen to press a picture of a hamburger to sell said hamburger and using a touch screen to shunt the warp plasma from the secondary antimatter manifold through the gravitron field emitter and synchronize it with the depolarized neutrino array and rerouting the impulse matrix output to the main deflector.

You're right:  One is done literally millions of times every single day, and the other isn't.

That's not to say I like touch screens, I actually hate them.  I like a nice tactile keyboard.  But as a science fiction input device, they aren't implausible, and in fact they are planned to be used in upcoming spacecraft:

[rocketry.files.wordpress.com image 850x981]


Ugh, I hope SpaceX isn't serious about the Apple Store look, there. I would've thought Musk would be smarter than that. At least the Orion panel has the right idea: touchscreen for when you want it, real goddamn buttons for when you don't.

/"Vent Oxygen Supply? OK/Cancel" "Aw, always with these damn touchscre--"
 
2014-08-30 05:15:50 AM  

thamike: dittybopper: He said "holodeck", not "hallucishack".

[i.kinja-img.com image 300x229]

Fine, but at least this sh*t doesn't happen in my hallucishack.


YEAH! Those boobs are obviously fake. -_-
 
2014-08-30 10:14:59 AM  

soseussme: There is no tricorder. Do-corder or do-not-corder.


(Slow golf clap.)
 
2014-08-30 11:06:26 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Remember when those communicators seemed like futuristic sci-fi nonsense? Now everybody has a cell phone.


They didn't seem like futuristic sci-fi nonsense back then, either:  People knew about things like walkie-talkies back then:

www.mequonsteve.com

daddyconfidential.com

The communicators in Star Trek were just a reasonable extrapolation:  That as the technology gets more sophisticated, it will shrink.

BTW, your cellphone, as a communications device, suffers from a significant handicap compared to the communicators in Star Trek:  It needs built-in infrastructure to communicate with other cellphones, something distinctly lacking on remote planets.  The communicators are able to communicate with each other, and with a ship in orbit, though in that case I suspect the ship is doing all the heavy lifting.
 
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