Star Trek fans were thrilled when an engineering firm last year introduced a "real tricorder," a handheld sensing device that records temperature, ambient light, barometric pressure, and electromagnetic radiation of a few kinds, but weren’t as thrilled with the $400 price tag. Soon Trekkies who already own a Newton MessagePad can add Tricorder MP, a $69 utility expected this month from Sir Isaac Software that takes advantage of the Newton’s infrared port and internal temperature sensor to scan the environment. [AHM]
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