Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Thank you, Star Trek

So, I thought it might be fun to list some former "science fiction" technology that we now use everyday. Cellphones are communicators. Automatic doors are like...automatic doors. The iPad is like the PADD (Personal Access Display Device). Bluetooth is like Uhura's earpiece communicator. They've recently made a device for the visually impaired, called Jordy, named after Geordi La Forge and his VISOR. Virtual reality headsets are a primitive holodeck. Can anyone else think of some others?

1 comment:

Tristram said...

Speaking of the iPad, there is an electronic device identical to it in Robert Sawyer's Flashforward. The book was written in 1999. I like to pretend at least something from the "flashes" really did come true. This is something already mentioned, but I feel it's still worth noting.