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Peter Jansen's open-source tricorder puts a variety of sensors at your fingertips!
Peter Jansen's open-source tricorder puts a variety of sensors at your fingertips!

Open-Source Tricorder You Can Make with Your Toaster Oven

Interested in exploring the universe? Open-source tool developer Peter Jensen has created a device much like a Star Trek tricorder, using mostly off-the-shelf parts that were soldered in his toaster oven.

The small device, which Jensen calls the Arducorder Mini, uses a PIC32MX795F512L with 128k of RAM and 512k of flash. It includes an array of sensors, including a radiation sensor, a magnetometer, x-ray and gamma ray detector, a light sensor, a gyroscope, accelerometer, temperature sensor, and a spectrometer.

Source files for the device are available online, as are detailed build instructions.

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