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.
This is a neat project with an intensely annoying video. If something says "tricorder project" on it, people are going to be looking for technical specs, not squishy maudlin musings on how building a cool gadget makes some guy feel.
It's cool that they're open source. And I hope he keeps that up. But, if he wants every kid to have a Tricorder, he better get that shit in Walmart for $99.
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