Friday, March 02, 2007

Real life Tricorder

Purdue University researchers have created a handheld sensing system its creators liken to Star Trek's "tricorder" used to analyze the chemical components of alien worlds. But the system could have down-to-earth applications, such as testing foods for dangerous bacterial contaminants including salmonella, which was recently found in a popular brand of peanut butter.

I need one. I can go into my local grocery store and never go into my local grocery store again.

Unlike conventional mass spectrometers, which are cumbersome laboratory instruments that weigh more than 300 pounds, the new handheld device weighs less than 20 pounds and can be used in the field.
Some is probably already complaining about the weight of it ;)


Grungey said...

alien as in foren, i mean human, or like really outerspace?

DeadBeatt said...

Like outer space. But made at Purdue University. Now we can go to the store and find out really why purdue chickens are so yellow.