One of the most iconic devices from the science fiction universe of Star Trek is the Tricorder, a handheld device often used for scanning, analysis, and recording. There have been many officially-licensed toy Tricorders and Tricorder-themed phone cases over the years, but one dedicated tinkerer has made his own functional clone.
Imgur user Himmelen has posted photos of his homemade Tricorder, showing off a 3D-printed folding device that looks much like the prop from Star Trek shows and films (via HackADay). The top section has a small LCD screen and a USB port, while the lower half has a working button panel and another display.
“This is a fully custom cyberdeck-ish project ive been building during the pandemic that I’ve styled after a Tricorder from Star Trek,” the creator said in a Reddit thread. He mentioned the device is powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero, a small single-board computer, fitted with a GPS module and NESDR RTL-SDR radio. The keyboard alone is an impressive achievement, as it’s connected to an external Arduino Nano (another single-board device) that handles input, then sends the results to the Raspberry Pi.