Tricorder App Killed via DMCA


CBS, who apparently owns the rights to the Star Trek franchise, has killed the Tricorder on Android. The Tricorder app is more than just for entertainment, it actually uses the various sensors available on Android phones to take measurable scans of your surroundings — a real Tricorder, of sorts.

Interestingly, it wasn't the name that illicited the take down order. From the article:

"It's apparently the graphical design that's at issue, not the name. According to Wikipedia, Gene Roddenberry's contract included a clause allowing any company able to create functioning technology to use the name. Now that GR is dead, I guess CBS believes they own swoopy curves."

I'm glad I installed it when I did, and will be sure to keep it backed up.

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