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You can also find a lot of the technology we use today in the last Star Trek film, which largely borrowed from real life. Here are seven Star Trek gadgets that are now a reality.
Trekkies might know this as Captain Kirk’s ‘communicator,’ but your smartphone pretty much does the same thing.
Used aboard The Enterprise as the main communication devices in the form of a computer that talked back, your own personal A.I assistant can be found in the form of a smart speaker.
If you’ve watched any Star Trek episodes, you’ll notice crew carrying around small computers to assist with all kinds of tasks. You probably have one of these, too, but yours is known as a tablet.
During the earlier episodes, the thought of speaking to someone through an earpiece was unheard of, but we now have Bluetooth and talk to other people through earpieces all the time.
Okay, so we haven’t exactly perfected the art of replicating miniature plastic figurines, but we’ve come a long way — long enough that our 3D printers share a lot of traits with Star Trek ‘Replicators.’
Whether or not you count the last Star Trek motion picture as part of the show (it does continue the storyline in some ways, right?), you can’t deny the use of smartwatches during that movie.
Video calls were the way to communicate effectively on Star Trek. How many of you are subjected to video conference calls via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime today? Nope, not so futuristic after all.
So what gadgets borrowed from fiction can we expect to see in the real world next? It’s difficult to say, but something we are getting very close to teleportation (although that might still be light years away). Others predict medical advances that borrow from science fiction, like Star Trek’s medicine injectors that can inject medicines quickly into waiting patients without needles (word has it that some leading technical schools are currently working on this advancement).
The possibilities are endless when it comes to future technological advances, but one thing is for sure — science fiction isn’t quite as far-fetched as it used to be.