The tricorder, along with the communicator and phaser, complete the typical landing party equipment we’ve come to expect from a Star Trek show. Earlier this week CBS used brief Star Trek: Discovery teaser videos to show off the new communicator, phaser pistol, and phaser rifle. Today CBS tweeted out yet another brief teaser video which includes glimpses of various things from the new series including a uniform, phaser pistol and what appears to be a tricorder, with the message “Space: the final frontier. #StarTrekDiscovery premieres September 24.”
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) July 19, 2017
A closer look
While we don’t get a full look at the tricorder, we can see it has an overall rectangular box design with a screen on top. The materials and color seem to be in line with the previously shown props. There also seems to be a separate cylindrical scanning device.
We caught a glimpse of the tricorder before in the very first official image CBS shared with the press back in May.
The new Discovery tricorder picks up on many elements from the the tricorder seen in Star Trek: The Original Series. Beyond the overall form, many details are similar, such as the three circular buttons and screen in the top portion.
The scanning device also seems to be based on those used for medical tricorders.
It also appears to share some design influences with the updated tricorder seen in the later TOS movies (The Search for Spock, The Final Frontier, and briefly in The Undiscovered Country). Specifically, there’s a break with ribbing between the top “head unit” of the tricorder and the main body that the Discovery version seems to be inspired by.
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