Who Needs To Buy A Tricorder; Build One Instead!
The winning project for this years Hackaday Prize is called FieldKit, and while it isn’t quite as advanced as a tricorder it can certainly fulfill a similar purpose in even the nastiest of situations. It is a ruggedized, modifiable sensor suite with a UI on the front end which means you don’t have to be a programmer to be able to effectively use one of these units in the field and get your readings remotely. It is, as you should expect, completely open source and the team behind it is looking for contributions of other custom hardware sensor setups to be hosted and shared with the scientific community.
That is the top prize, however there are numerous other great projects to look at, from a Damn Linux Tablet to 3D printed working prostheses, an open hardware fast high resolution LASER and even a fun project to build small robot cats with a striking resemblance to a certain robot dog, as it uses the same mobility design. Check them all out!
Out of twenty finalists, the top eleven are covered below. Over $200,000 in cash prizes have been distributed as part of this year’s initiative where thousands of hardware hackers, makers, and artists compete to build a better future.