Tricorder update #15 – First reveal – Destination Star Trek London 2021

(This article was first emailed on October 28, 2021 to fans who had registered an interest in finding out more about our Tricorder.)

A fifty-five year mission, and we are here… 

I am thrilled to announce that we will be showcasing the Tricorder Replica in person for the very first time at Destination Star Trek London!

I will be presenting the Tricorder Replica with Andrew Stockdale and James Thomas, key members of the development team, who I introduced to you in my last newsletter/blog. Together we will be participating in a panel discussion on Saturday 13th November when we will demonstrate the functions and features of the very first working sample of our Tricorder Replica, while also discussing more about the development process over the last few years, and answering questions from the audience.

Destination Star Trek London will be taking place over three days at ExCeL in the heart of London’s docklands from Friday 12th November to Sunday 14th November 2021. For more information and details about the event, the guests, the venue, and of course, if you want to purchase tickets, go to destinationstartrek.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

LLAP

Chris

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141 thoughts on “Tricorder update #15 – First reveal – Destination Star Trek London 2021

  1. Paul C

    Looks absolutely fantastic…have waited for years for this and can’t wait for it’s release. Big thanks to the whole team for what looks like the definitive tricorder on the market. Will look brilliant alongside my Wand Company phaser and communicator.

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      1. Phil Alexander

        If the tricorder is only 1/2 as good as the excellent original communicator it will be so brilliant.

        The communicator is fabulous.

        Will Wand be re-creating the STNG coms badge

        Phil

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        1. Chris Barnardo Post author

          Thanks for your kind words. We did consider the coms badge at one point but felt that the battery size/life combined with the limitations of current speaker technology when taken together would have prevented the badge from working in the way it does on-screen, and as a result of that, we quickly discounted it as a potential project.

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          1. Eddie

            Hello, is there an date for the release of the tricorder? I have two of each communicator and phaser and would love to complete the landing party kit.

          2. Boris Burke

            The battery can be in a separate back-module that is hidden beneath the fabric. The power is transferred via two pins that pass through the fabric and fix the badge unit onto the front of the fabric.

          3. Chris Barnardo Post author

            Yes, I guess that would work, although it would not be as easy as you make it sound. Interfaces like that are always more tricky than they at first appear and often go wrong. But even if you solved that issue satisfactorily enough, you still have the near-impossible task of making the comm audio loud enough to make sense and for that, you need a bigger speaker and speaker holes for the sound to come out properly.

        2. Greg wielock

          Just wondering on any updates of when the tricoder will be available.
          Really excited for its release!

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    1. Anonymous

      I’ve been waiting forever for this! With the trickier release the last of , as I like to call it the holy trail of trek collectables, will be complete!
      Live long and prosper!

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    2. James

      Yes please! I want the whole kit, phaser, communicator and tricorder in one away kit. Do you remember the one you had as a child? I do….hours of imaginative fun.

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  2. Mike L

    Hmmmm….Phaser reissue you say. It would be nice to be able to get inside the P1 to replace the battery. Maybe add another “mode” to control the Mood Rock from from this phaser as well? Sorry…..off topic. Hope you guys had a great holiday. Looking forward to the TRICORDER demo. TAKE MY MONEY!

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  3. Ray B Manning

    I think if they ever decide to bring back the phaser, it won’t be in its original form. With Fire sticks, AppleTV, and other streaming options with proprietary controllers, TV remotes don’t seem viable as a product like they were close to a decade ago. Sure, they could just make it with enhanced FX mode and just call it a replica. Or, they could develop an AR application. I think it would be so cool to shoot virtual phaser beams at real world targets in an augmented reality world. Just a thought…….

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    1. Christa

      When I think of a functional phaser replica, the first thing that comes to mind is a laser pointer… but that’s admittedly pretty mundane lol

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      1. Chris Barnardo Post author

        We did originally want to do this with a daylight visible green laser (i.e. where you could see the beam) but we thought that it was too dangerous and anything that looks good is pretty much illegal anyway (for good reason), so that’s why we went for the remote control in the end.

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        1. Rudy

          Dealing with humans….good call on no laser. However, it would be nice to get the pahser re-issued in stripped down form.. All people like me really need is the look and for it to be quite loud. That will keep the squirrels away!

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        2. Tina

          If the phaser was reissued and is to still be used as a remote maybe it should be updated to work with Fire sticks, AppleTV, Roku etc? Since all of those devices from my understanding when looking it up, are able to use a universal remote as long as it’s compatible.

          Christa’s idea of a laser pointer would be fun, but if it’s an issue maybe make it into a flashlight instead. It’s silly, but at least it would still be functional. Perhaps have a setting to have on it silent in case people don’t phaser sounds every time they turn the flashlight mode on.

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          1. OldNotObsolete72

            If I’m not mistaken Apple TV and Fire Sticks are RF Bluetooth control, The relevant component in the phaser is IR, so would require a mayor redesign, not only that but there may be licensing issues for controlling the two biggest TV platforms on the planet.

          2. Matt Sheets

            My phaser works just fine with my firestick. It also does some functions for the star trek mood rock. But mostly I just look at it.

        3. Steve C

          Hi Chris is there a chance that the phaser might be re-issued perhaps dispensing with the remote functions and focusing on it being a replica only?

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          1. Chris Barnardo Post author

            Not much at the moment, but it is a faint possibility for the future, as I would never absolutely rule anything out. However, given the high minimum order quantities (10k units) for many of the specially made metal components and the need for a redesign to change any of the features to improve or remove the remote control functions, and a more than likely chance anyway for the need for a full electronics revision anyway to replace components that might have gone end of line since the last manufacturing run, it is highly unlikely that the project would be viable.

          2. Ray S

            Ah, but if it has to be re-engineered anyway, surely there would be a market for a Strange New Worlds phaser… 🙂

  4. Dominique Piton

    Je suis impatient de pouvoir posséder le tricordeur, il va pouvoir se mettre à côté du phaser et du communicateur. Merci pour le beau travail, il a l’aire super dommage que je ne sais pas me rendre a Londre. Bonne continuation Dominique

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  5. Eric Kralicek

    This will be a great add to my current collection. I have both Phaser and Communicator – both excellent devices and expertly detailed. Some time ago I had an issue with the communicator stand – it was not charging the communicator correctly. The Wand Company quickly sent me a replacement and I’ve had no problems since. I can say that I’m a very happy camper and truly appreciate the quality products and services that the Wand Company has in place.

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  6. Kevin Sharpe

    I’m having trouble with my phaser keeping charge. What do I do? Also, I was tempted to buy a 2nd phaser and communicator but can’t find them except used and way overpriced? Are they still in production? How can I get them from you? And the mood light.

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    1. Matt Sheets

      Go to the star trek shop. They had a communicator reissue in Nov. not sure if they’re any left though. It is a 55th anniversary with new audio clips. The phaser is way out of production, at least for now.

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  7. Steven Turner

    I am so excited to see this fabulous work of science and art in person. Congratulations to the team of artists who brought this piece of classic SyFy history to life.

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      I am sorry but hotmail and Yahoo have a habit of bouncing emails from newsletters and we try to resend but still many with those email clients are not getting the messages. if you want to be sure to get the updates, then please get a gmail account email address (which are free) and email us on support@thewandcompany.com letting us know your previous email address and we will amend your registration with the new account details. Thx

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  8. Mike L.

    Chris…any video you can share from the London Destination Star Trek demo? As Roger Rabbit would say…. P-p-p-lease?

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  9. Eric

    Had to re register for the Tricorder. For some reason I have not been getting the Tricorder updates and was worried I would miss out my registration from my other email address

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  10. Carl Humphreys

    I’m a serious Star Trek Junkie and I need my fix, any information on the Tricorder should do the trick. You’re my only hope. ha-ha

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  11. Rauel LaBreche

    Wondering if there was any video taken of the reveal that could be shared with us poor frogs across the pond? I’m sure you’ve been asked this already but I figured . . . what the heck, why not prod? Hope you and the team are well. This bloody virus needs to take a holiday so we can all get on with life again. (Did you like how I snuck in some British vernacular there?)

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      Hi Rauel, We were not able to take any decent video of the DST panel session I am afraid. I am really sorry about that i was hoping to get some great feed and be able to share it.

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      1. Rauel LaBreche

        Was attendance at the reveal good? I have to believe that people were bonkers over it. Did you get any helpful feedback? I would think George Takei would have loved to do a photo op holding it. Be well. Here’s to a very merry Christmas.

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        1. Chris Barnardo Post author

          It was a great day actually. We got a photo of George Takei holding the tricorder and we’ll share it soon.

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  12. Richard Cardinal

    I cant wait… Can I buy two? So excited! You are the BEST! I have the Phaser and Communicator. They sit proudly on my desk t my home offce. I cant wait to add to the glass case. Just amazing top quality !!!!!!! Great job Wand Team !!!!!

    Rick Cardinal
    President
    Century 21 Cardinal
    Nashua , NH

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  13. David Mahony, Ph.D.

    I can’t wait! You guys are amazing! Sadly, I’d like a phaser too so now all you need is 9999 more fans like me!

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  14. Robert Olsen

    The tricorder looks wonderful. I would hope that the opening graphic would be more akin to something that we would have seen on the series. The only function that I can see that isn’t replicated is the devices ability to record video, which would have been a complete home run. The functions that are offered will make this a very unique item for the fans. Can’t wait to have it in the collection!

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  15. Claude

    Can’t wait for the tricorder.
    I think the phaser should be reissued with all the light and sound capabilities but minus the remote control functionality.
    I also think the battery should be replaceable.

    For those of us with the current phaser, is there any way to make “phaser I” available separately? That way we would have battery replacement.

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      That is a good thought about the Phaser I, but right now we have no plans to remake the Phaser, but that’s not to say we won’t reconsider that in the future.

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  16. Dr Dan Danahar

    I’ve stopped receiving update emails, when can we expect to hear more about the tricorder’s development and when will it be available?

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  17. Tom Boutilier

    Hello,
    So how did it go? Smashing success? crowds roaring approval? Now back to the grindstone fully engaged to bring the product to life for the rest of us.?

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      Yes, that sort of thing. We’re still toiling away, modding some fo the design to accommodate new components in place of the ones now impossible to source in time.

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      1. Dan Chamings

        G’day Chris. I think that if it means getting the most accurate replica ever made, ALL Trekkies would be more than willing to wait that extra bit of time. My thought is you should simply continue on the path you were on and stick to your guns rather than modding stuff. If time is needed to source components then I feel, as would others, that you should just take the time to source those parts so as to make the most awesome replica ever (other than the communicator and phaser). Anyway, I can’t wait to receive news that they are ready to purchase but am also happy to wait so you guys get it right. Cheers mate. Dan

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        1. Chris Barnardo Post author

          Thanks for your kind words… don’t worry, a quality feel and total accuracy are paramount… the replacement parts are for electronics components that we are finding it impossible to get.

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          1. Que2

            Chris, do you have any details about the power source for the tricorder? Is it batteries (if so what type is it)… is it some sort of rechargeable battery built in (if so is this user replaceable easily)? I do have a ticket for a pre-order of this and I do not remember seeing any details on the power source and it means a big deal to me that the tricorder will be serviceable in the future since there will be limited examples of this.

          2. Chris Barnardo Post author

            Michael, I totally understand where you are coming from. The tricorder is going to be using a rechargeable lithium-ion 18650. The battery won’t be soldered in and a removable panel will allow the user to access it and easily replace it.

        1. Chris Barnardo Post author

          We are still working on it. We will be releasing more details in a few weeks when we have something to share

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  18. Anthony Kendrick

    Chris- After owning your phaser and communicator, I would buy a Wand tricorder without knowing a single thing about it’s functionality. Your products are amazing and I have been hoping for the tricorder for years. Thank you for the care that the team is putting into this. I am looking forward to reading your blog post on the London reveal.

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      Anthony, thank you for your kind words and solid support. I can’t wait to own one myself! We do have more newsletter/blog posts planned in the run-up to announcing when the tricorder will be ready for preorder, but you’ll have to continue being patient for the time being.

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  19. Pastor David Knight

    Hello Chris,
    I just wanted to chime in and echo everyone’s enthusiasm and excitement for this pending release, i have the Communicator and what I now refer to as my “pet rock” phaser and mood light which I love!
    I missed out on the full phaser, once the tricorder is released will there be any chance of a re-release of the phaser? Or perhaps while we are waiting even? (a man’s gotta dream, right?)
    But seriously we are all with you, anxious, excited, perhaps a bit impatient, but only because we know it will be awesome.

    As a child who watched Trek from the 1960s and dreamed of this day…I say thank you to you and your team for making these products a reality!!!

    Best regards,
    David

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  20. JEFF KIM

    I’m really looking forward to the Tricorder? Will it arrive in 2022? Also, I was really enjoying the Tricorder blogs? Will that resume any time soon?

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  21. Bbb

    You know wand company first it’s zavvi, then sideshow, now Star Trek shop, why can you not have a positive way of getting out your merchandise. Very disappointing, I have tried to purchase products. Buyer beware.

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      I am sorry to hear that you are having difficulties with some of our retailers. Supply chain issues are hitting everyone at the moment. If you have issues with any retailer that supplies our products, please take it up with them. We work closely with our retailers to support them as well as we can, but their onward supply is out of our control. If you have problems concerning the supply of one of our products that you can’t rersolve with the retailer in a positive way, then please contact us at support@thewandcomapny.com and we will do what we can to get answers and sort things out for you.

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  22. Dan

    Chris,
    It sounds like, between he chip shortage, and the supply chain issues, you’ve had to do some serious reconfiguration in the electronics. Dose this mean there will be a loss or change in the functionality of the final product? Are there features that I’d notice once I get mine? I say that because even as a static display it’s an amazing piece of work. (Guys, the line for pre-orders starts behind me )

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      Thank you for your kind words. No, the extra work that various IC supply issues has caused has been necessary to ensure that the tricorder functions as we intended it to do.

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  23. Jim Piszar

    Hi Chris

    A rumor was dropped over at the RPF that the cost of
    the Tricorder has reached $400. No source for this info has been provided and I asked.

    Can you squelch or confirm this rumor?

    Thanks!

    jim

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      Jim, This is not true… but I would be interested to know where the rumor came from (but only mildly interested).

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      1. JiminSTLouis

        Chris

        Thanks for the quick response. If the original poster gives a source, I’ll let you know.

        Thanks

        jim

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        1. Chris Barnardo Post author

          depending on how it has been kept and charged, the batter will have a finite life, so yes eventually those batteries will stop working

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        1. Chris Barnardo Post author

          Yes, you are right, we are thinking that the price will actually be more like $300 now. That’s not because we think we are underpricing it, but just that it has got dramatically more expensive to make.

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  24. Paul Russell

    Hi Folks:
    I have not been receiving and e-mail on new tricorder , l have not heard when it going on sale, having register for the tricorder,
    I hope there not going to be any price gouging for this unit when it goes on sale,
    Are people going to get notified when tricorder are for sale, l hope one buying two,
    Have not heard anything on what the prices going to be, l been waiting for this tricorder for some time, it look great, your people did a super great job on it, we’ll that all for now,
    Thanks, be safe
    Hope to hear what’s going on.

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      Hi, thank you for your kind words. We have taken a temporary break from the blog writing to concentrate on finalising some of the software design changes that were needed due to the extreme shortage of some of the components we originally planned to use. We plan to sell the tricorder for about $300 (£300) but the final price will depend on the final bill of materials which, in these strange times, seems to fluctuate daily. As soon as possible the blog posts will restart with exciting news and details of the features and functionality. Once we start manufacturing we will announce a preorder period through one of our newsletters so we hope that everyone that has registered will get a chance to preorder.

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      1. Mike L.

        Chris, thanks for the update. As you know, Sunday, July 26, 2020 the journey began with the announcement that The Wand Company was working on a functioning Original Series Tricorder. On 9 March 2021, after 232 days, the first update email hit our inboxes followed by it being posted on this site 15 March 2021. Thus, we approach the one year anniversary of the Tricorder Blog and soon the two year anniversary of the journeys beginning. ‘Tout vient a qui sait attendre’ by Violet Fane (pseudonym used by the author, lady Mary Montgomerie Currie) includes the line ‘Ah, all things come to those who wait’ in the 2nd verse. Thus it is generally considered the origin of the proverb “Good things come to those who wait.”

        Indeed the wait has been longer than expected but c’est la vie! I, as many of us are, am looking forward to seeing and reading about all the design changes, details of the features and associated functionality. I certainly understand you and your team could have said, sorry….this is just too hard but you didn’t and I’m much obliged. Thanks for staying the course and for sharing the journey. Second star to the right and straight on till morning. Good things do come to those who wait.

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  25. Anthony Russo

    It would indeed be great if since some of the components that went end of line, were replaced with video record/playback electronics…This is probably the very last opportunity for a Tricorder replica to actually have that….

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      Anthony, The tricorder will not have video recording and playback abilities for all the reasons that we have already discussed in previous answers to your questions and in the blog.

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      1. Anthony Russo

        I mentioned it again, since you mentioned that the electronic package had to be re-designed since the components you originally were going to use went “end of line”,,,So in light of that, I thought you just might have reconsidered, which would have been great..my TINY digital camera has that feature as well as my cellphone, so I would think those components would be relatively easy to obtain and adjust, and install and the camera lens could be placed on the back of the unit. That was my point. but obviously you have whatever features you chose to install in the unit finalized. Of course I will get one when whenever it comes out.

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        1. Brad M.

          I can’t recall a single instance in any TOS episode featuring a Tricorder where it was used to capture anything other than information. The removable data discs idea falls right in line with what was implied, and when my buddies and I role played as kids in the early ’70s, we pretended those discs were interchangeable despite being fixed on the AMT models we all had at the time.

          Chris, I am confident that when the production model is finally released, it will follow the same formula of accurate sculpting with idealized design features of the four Star Trek products made so far by the Wand Company (including both versions of the communicator). As an owner of all of these releases, I trust the decisions of your team at Wand Company and expect I’ll be blown away by the Tricorder when it comes out.

          Good luck with the finishing stages of this product and hope it hasn’t become more of a burden than a joy for you guys. With all the new challenges in the last couple of years, I’m just glad the project is still alive. Nobody really “needs” a Tricorder like this, so please don’t let the gripes and groans from the peanut gallery dampen your passion. Take care – Brad

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          1. Chris Barnardo Post author

            Brad, thanks for your kind words of support. I am sure that we won’t fully please absolutely everyone, but then that is pretty much never possible. Don’t worry though, we are focusing our efforts to make this tricorder a properly rewarding and fun piece to own, use, and display.

          2. Chuck H

            Video of the images displayed by the Guardian was recorded and analyzed by Spock in ‘The City on the Edge of Forever.’ Not that I’m complaining about the current design, just noting that it was a function of the tricorder on the original series.

          3. Mark M

            Actually in the city on the edge of forever Spok said he was a fool for not recording the history the portal was showing even at that speed and when he made the device in the past to reveal it showed the pictures of two possible futures

  26. Anonymous

    Any update for pre-orders? It’s been more than the 30-40 weeks since the July 12, 2021 Launch Update (Newsletter/Blog – Tricorder Update #10). There’s a lot of chatter in the Facebook and other forums that the Tricorder seems to be vaporware. Personally, I appreciate that you’re not taking pre-orders before there’s an actual product that you can ship. I think the thing that would help is some photos or video from that London event? Or have the changes in software and parts availability since that introduction changed it so much that the Tricorder shown there is no longer representative of what will eventually ship?

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      We wanted to post a video from the London event, but the quality of the video taken was not good enough. We will be making a post soon about the progress; your patience until then is greatly appreciated.

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  27. Doug Curtis

    I’d be interested in at least a followup to the topic of this update, the London introduction of the Tricorder. How about an Update 16 with some photos or video from the Destination Star Trek event. Or a link to it, if was already posted somewhere (Youtube)?
    Thanks

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    1. Doug Curtis

      If you wait just a bit longer, you’ll hit the 56 year anniversary (6/21/66) for when Wah Ming Chang delivered the original 2 Tricorders to Desilu for TOS (per the Desilu receipt that was posted on the Herocomm site). And close to the same price point (his were $275 ea.)

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  28. Richard Lambert

    I can’t speak for anyone else of course, but I’d be more than pleased to buy one of the Wand Company’s tricorders even if global supply chain issues with microprocessors make it impossible to incorporate the functionality suite originally envisioned. I’d be absolutely delighted, in fact, “only” to have flashing lights and spinning moire. I know that Chris and company will deliver a superior-in-every-way piece that will truly “go where no replica has gone before”, even if I can’t ask it to tell me the temperature and barometric pressure. So, processors or no processors, I’m behind you all the way on this product that I’ve been dreaming about for 50 years!

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  29. James Melin

    Are there plans to make an ‘exploration set’ akin to the plastic model of old? Phaser, Communicator and Tricorder?

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  30. Ray S

    Great to read in the comments that this is still happening and the lack of updates is just due to a focus on engineering. I’ll look forward to the next transmission!

    Definitely would love to see a Phaser. I missed the original release because I didn’t need a remote control and I wasn’t aware it also was one of the best phaser replicas available! Now that everyone appreciates the quality of it, and I have my awesome communicator, buying a used one to rectify my past ignorance would be an expensive proposition….

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  31. DSC

    Knock Knock – anyone there? We could really use an Update #16. In email exchanges with TWC there was supposed to be an update at the end of April.

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  32. John B

    Hi Guys, Do have an estimated date when the tricorder will be for sell can’t why to get my hands on it, I’m not trying to rush you guys it will be worth the wait . can you email me an estimated date when the tricorder will be ready for release thanks

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  33. David DeLane Snow

    Eagerly awaiting news purchasing release and pricing. My dearest friend Mike Cope passed away and I desire to buy a Tricorder because he no longer will be able to. LLAP.

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  34. Ralph

    Ray, keep an eye out on Amazon. I’ve seen them listed twice with prime/3rd party. That’s how I got mine and price was $200 brand new.

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  35. Mike L.

    Chris,

    Are things still on track for Christmas 2022? Will we see another update anytime soon?

    Cheers!

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    1. Brian S

      “Are things still on track for Christmas 2022? Will we see another update anytime soon?”

      Back in March (ie three months ago), Chris stated: “Once we start manufacturing we will announce a preorder period through one of our newsletters so we hope that everyone that has registered will get a chance to preorder.”

      Given the fact we are just over six months away from Christmas (and less than six months away for the Christmas ordering season), and given the fact no “preorder period” has been announced yet, the conclusion to be drawn from those facts is that they have yet to “start manufacturing”. So, at this late date, it would appear they are *not* on track for a 2022 release.

      Sigh

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  36. vic s.

    Uh oh. I too registered for the tricorder almost immediately and fear the Wand Co landing party has gone MIA. Seems their transmissions have ceased. But, I’m glad they’re just “refocused” on manufacturing (procurement, assembly, testing, QC)………..yeah. But, hey, it’s really none of our business as to what, how, if they make and/or sell their invention. (their invention of another’s invention that is)

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  37. eric kralicek

    Hi Chris, I hope everything is moving forward with your project. I am jazzed that you guys are building the tricorder. I already have the communicator and phaser – very well done stuff and I’m looking to complete my set with the tricorder.

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  38. eric kralicek

    Hi Chris, I hope everything is moving forward with your project. I am jazzed that you guys are building the tricorder. I already have the communicator and phaser – very well-done stuff and I’m looking to complete my set with the tricorder.

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  39. Dan Korzun

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    Chris,
    Back in early March you said “As soon as possible the blog posts will restart with exciting news and details of the features and functionality.” Nudge, nudge, anything to tell us? Like maybe just mentioning some of the features or functions, since it seems like the supply chain issues are going to drag on into the fall or winter? Speaking for myself and a few friends, it’s the “radio silence” that’s frustrating. Anything, even a newsletter that says ‘there’s nothing to talk about’, would be greatly appreciated and welcomed.

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      So sorry for the long silence. We have been working very hard with our small team on getting ready for production. The issue has been that much of the work is not the sort of thing that is interesting to talk about… it’s writing thousands of lines of code and dealing with snagging small, but frustrating mechanical issues. It is a complex part and every aspect of the design from the way the doors open (and what happens when they do) to how the main software architecture talks to the layer that everyone interacts with. We grossly underestimated the effort required. I appreciate the sentiment of a newsletter that says nothing to report except we continue to work on it… but very soon now I will be able to start sharing more information about the tricorder’s functions and features as I promised so long ago.

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      1. Dan Korzun

        Thanks Chris. I’ll keep checking back regularly and keep my fingers crossed for Christmas 2022.

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  40. Dan Korzun

    Here’s some questions that haven’t been asked yet. The transit cases for the phaser and the communicator are both very attractive by them selves, and they also are made to stack and fit together, and have “U.S.S. ENTERPRISE NCC-1701 STANDARD ISSUE (followed by the the equipment type PHASER or COMMUNICATOR) printed on them. Will the case for the tricorder follow that same style? With the top box being the smallest (the communicator) in black, and the phaser in grey, will the tricorder then be white or a lighter grey? And will it interlock with the previous two? See I warned you this was going to be questions nobody has asked (but I bet someone has been working on it). Let us know what is in the works for the cases please.
    Thanks.
    V/R
    Dan

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    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      No, we will not be making a large plastic transit case for the tricorder. We did consider it and if we had gone down that route, as you suggest, then yes it would have been designed to fit with the other two cases. but felt that it would be too big and not so relevant. Instead, we have gone for a hard-backed leatherette slip case, which the tricorder slides into and allows the case to be used even when the tricorder is being carried by its straps… a bit like a binoculars’ case.

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      1. Anthony Kendrick

        Thanks, Chris. I would be happy if you just replicated the transit case that Greg Jein brought his priceless original prop to you in- kitchen paper and a cardboard box. Years ago, I offered to give you my money in advance for whatever Trek goodness you produce, and the offer still stands.

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      2. Bill D

        Interesting. Can you say if the slip case will be “weather resistant” or padded? If so, that could be quite practical. Thanks to you all for your efforts and perseverance.

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      3. Dan Korzun

        Chris,
        Thanks, just one follow up question. The “slip case” is basically something to protect the finish of the tricorder when someone is carrying it. Basically something to prevent excessive where on the exterior of the device, but that allows the shoulder strap to be used and to open, sort of like a cell phone case or the after market cases for Air-pods, is that about right? Sorry never saw a binoculars’ case, but I think I get the idea that it’s something similar to what my 60 year old Canon FT has.

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  41. Mike L.

    Chris,

    Regarding release:

    Chris Barnardo November 19, 2021 at 9:43 am
    Christmas 2022 yes, Christmas 2021 no chance I am afraid

    You guys still good for that?

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  42. Dan Korzun

    I’m dreaming of a Tricorder Christmas. Or should it be
    ,
    All I want for Christmas is a Tricorder
    a Tricorder, see a Tricorder
    Gee, if I could only have myself a Tricorder
    Then the away party could have a Merry Christmas

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  43. DAVE GOGGIN

    MAN OH MAN. the longer wait is bad enough, but, understandable. What with the supply shortages etc. but the lack of updates……. well enough said.
    The previous releases ( phaser and communicator) were worth the wait. and I know your quality is far above the competition. so I wait. so how about chating us up sometime?

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