SPACE.COM: Tricorders in Space: Not Just a 'Star Trek' Dream Anymore
By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | August 1, 2017 01:17pm ET
A tricorder may soon be an essential part of every voyaging astronaut's tool kit, and not just on "Star Trek."
Handheld diagnostic devices akin to the tricorders famously wielded by doctors in the "Star Trek" universe are poised to find their way into people's homes, emergency rooms, refugee camps, battlefield hospitals and perhaps even the final frontier, developers of the gear say.
"All of this is all going to be possible in a short period of time," Philip Charron, a member of the Final Frontier Medical Devices (FFMD) team that developed a prototype tricorder, said Monday (July 31) at the 69th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in San Diego.