Here is a link about a wearable AI system capable of pointing out geologically interesting features with the intent toward finding Martian life. It's basically like having a geologist strapped to your back.
From the "ugly bastard alert" in Nemesis to the frequent reports given from tricorders that are detecting awfully specific things (needles in stacks of needles, as it were), I'd imagine this same sort of technological concept is employed in tricorders, and perhaps even in the bulky scanning equipment from Star Wars. (The current system could probably fit in the scanning crew's big box from ANH.)
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