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They announced that they will be selling a "Fully functional" Star Trek TOS Tricorder.

It's not a kit, but I thought some here might be interested.

You can sign up here for pre-registration:


It looks like the price will be $250. A bit high, but they do say it will have "Functionality".
3D scanned from one of the "hero" tricorders used on the show. I would guess Greg Jien's.


It will go nice with my Wand Comm and Phaser.

Of course it is announced a week after I finally finish my tric build!
 

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hmmm, what can "functional" mean?
images appear on the screen?
lights flash on and off?
it vibrates and hums?
perspiring minds want to know!
 

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Already did! Although I have the Master Replicas Tricorder, for $250.00 this one is a steal! I have their Phaser and Communicator. Also the first season Phaser 1 (and rock) Beautiful stuff. Now they finish up the landing party set. Now is the time to pre order this. Before it gets stupid on Ebay.

I couldn't care less what it "does". It's super accurate to the prop and again for $250, it's a bargain.
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You beat me! I'm TC-37892!

The pre orders seem to be popular. Of course there is no money down or actual commitment.

The web site says it will

"Our Tricorder is designed to work just like the fantasy version imagineered by The Original Series script writers in the 1960s, with more than a little help from some 21st century technology. A full-colour LCD displays information stored in the Tricorder along with dynamic data gathered by its sensors and audio recording function. More details of the functionality will be revealed later this year – register your interest on the form above to be kept updated."

And:

Measure the environment, scan radio frequencies, record audio, impress all your friends, enjoy seeing your dearest Star Trek wish come true and love the fact that you own perhaps the most sophisticated prop replica ever designed and manufactured.

I'm guessing it will play radio, connect to wi-fi and blu-tooth devices, take ambient temp, possibly take body temp,
record sound and video, playback sound/video files, act as a digital assistant. Oh and look really cool while making very nice noises!
 

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I do wonder what 'fully functional' means. I doubt it will scan for various minerals and radiation emissions. :)

Mind, that would be a wicked TV remote...

I voted that it was too much simply because of my money situation. The price seems not out of line for what it claims.

Thanks for posting about this BTW. The death of Thinkgeek has limited my learning of this sort of thing.

Yeah I would buy it if I could. I'm Trekgeek enough. :)
 

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My inclination was to respond "Hell yes!" to the poll, but due to the current unpleasantness and loss of employment that has resulted, I put myself down for "Maybe". It's not so much the price of it that determined that response as it is the timing. $250 seems reasonable for what it is, especially considering their TOS communicator.

Hopefully I'll be back to building airplanes by the time it comes out. Excited to see this either way.
 

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FlyingBrickyard, I understand completely.
I work for an airline, If things don't improve soon it could get interesting. Not in a good way.

Is it too early to start the conjecture about what the functionality will be?

The easy stuff:

am/fm receiver
Audio recorder
Basic CPU
Wifi/blutooth
Temperature readout
MP3 player
Video player


Cool additional stuff it could:
Atmospheric pressure
Body temp scanner, either internal or with an external scanner
grab data from a apple watch/oura ring/fitbit. Heart rate, metabolic data, sleep data, general health data.
Pair to your smart phone.
Downlink google earth satellite images of current location, give map directions.
display star information, like the skyview app.
record video/stills through a cell phone camera

The impossible:

Detect life forms
detect/analyze energy fields
scan for di-choronium/ di lithium crystals or other elements/minerals


It just occurred to me that the next thing WAND makes should be a universal translator with built in cellular data/ internal data base that can be used to translate one language into another in real time!
 

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I think one could use a combo of i/r, u/v (these both active and passive) and motion detection/sonic rangefinding to fake up a kind of lifeform sensor.

You know, the one thing that always bothered is is the lack of an obvious detector/sensor suite on the device. Yes it's sleek and beautiful but it would be nice to know where the sensors are so as to be able to point them in the correct direction, right?

I know Spock usually pointed the screen at things, and the Franz Joseph tech manual (oh sooo wrong about so many many things but man that's all we had back in the '70s! :) ) claimed that sensor elements resided behind the 'speaker' space. Others using a Tricorder stared at the screen and vaguely waved the bottom of the thing around.

I kinda hope they don't load the 'back' of the flip-up hood with camera lens, microphone and so on.
 

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Unless I lose my job, this is a no-brainer. $250 is CHEAP. Loved their phaser despite the slightly too small power pack/grip. I didn't get their communicator since I already had two very good repros with sound effects but this is too cool to pass up.
 

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I'm guessing that the final price of the Tricorder will come in bellow $300, $299 is my guess.

If it follows the trend set by the Phaser and Communicator, most will sell fast at full price. Then the sales will drop and they will start being discounted. But The Wand Co. has only done one run of the Phaser and Comm, the eBay price of them now is getting very high. When they are gone, They are gone. I would not expect a second run of any of the TOS stuff.

I timed the Phaser well and got mine for $100 shipped, I paid full price for the Communicator, as I plan to do for the Tricorder.
 

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Unless I lose my job, this is a no-brainer. $250 is CHEAP. Loved their phaser despite the slightly too small power pack/grip. I didn't get their communicator since I already had two very good repros with sound effects but this is too cool to pass up.

I almost didn't get the communicator as I have the John Long comm. But I love my Wand comm. It has very nice hand feel and looks great!

The same for the mood light phaser/rock. I resisted, but finally bought it and love it!
 

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The Wand Company is very foolish if they don't reissue their Phaser and Communicator. The Tricorder will reawaken a spark of interest I'm sure. The big problem is public awareness. Thinkgeek was the perfect retailer for their products, Gamestop just does not give a crap.

If The Wand Company makes a statement about 'not wanting to hurt the resale value' of their products then they are complete idiots. What does the resale value mean to them? Nothing. Less than nothing. They don't see a penny of the $1000 someone wants for their Phaser.

Ahhhh, I'm grumpy today. ;)
 

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The Wand Company is very foolish if they don't reissue their Phaser and Communicator. The Tricorder will reawaken a spark of interest I'm sure. The big problem is public awareness. Thinkgeek was the perfect retailer for their products, Gamestop just does not give a crap.

If The Wand Company makes a statement about 'not wanting to hurt the resale value' of their products then they are complete idiots. What does the resale value mean to them? Nothing. Less than nothing. They don't see a penny of the $1000 someone wants for their Phaser.

Ahhhh, I'm grumpy today. ;)
Great idea! I hope they follow up with that.
 
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Unless I lose my job, this is a no-brainer. $250 is CHEAP. Loved their phaser despite the slightly too small power pack/grip. I didn't get their communicator since I already had two very good repros with sound effects but this is too cool to pass up.
What surprised me about the communicator is that it sounded better than the last phone I had paired with it. It was also kind of fun to have the phone in the other room, yet still be able to take calls via the communicator - especially since it played the correct "hailing sound" for any incoming calls. :D
 

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The Wand Company is very foolish if they don't reissue their Phaser and Communicator. The Tricorder will reawaken a spark of interest I'm sure. The big problem is public awareness. Thinkgeek was the perfect retailer for their products, Gamestop just does not give a crap.

If The Wand Company makes a statement about 'not wanting to hurt the resale value' of their products then they are complete idiots. What does the resale value mean to them? Nothing. Less than nothing. They don't see a penny of the $1000 someone wants for their Phaser.

Ahhhh, I'm grumpy today. ;)
I have to say that I have never heard The Wand Co say they care about the resale value of their products, but I don't follow them that closely.

My impression is that The Wand Co is not a large organization. The production is all in China. It might not be financially possible for them to produce more than 1 Trek Item at a time.
I checked over at the Trek Prop Zone and they did do more than one run of the Phaser and the communicator, but they did not overlap. They probably have a very good idea of the market, and produce accordingly.
 
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