With Leonard Nimoy’s death on February 27, 2015, many technology buffs and long-time science fiction fans are turning their attention to Star Trek: The Original Series. As a beacon of hope for the future in the 1960s, Star Trek featured some grand ideas about forthcoming technologies and their uses in the future. Here are just a few we’ve come to realize.
Telecommunications: In the 1960s, easy-to-use computers were a long way from the consumer market. Star Trek showed us officers discussing important matters across great distances through cameras and screens. Today, our iPads offer sleek, portable communications with video capabilities – something absent from the bridge of the Enterprise.
Mobile phones and Bluetooth: Remember seeing Starfleet Officers with in-ear communication devices and blocky voice transmission boxes? Think about your small Bluetooth device and cell phone with telecommunications capability, advanced voice software, and Internet access. Captain Kirk certainly would have been in far less trouble if he could just Google information for the planet he was on.
Wearable technology: Remember out blog on wearable tech? The tricorder Dr. Bones McCoy used to assess injuries and illness is quickly becoming reality. The Apple watch promises a future of taking vitals and activity information and turning it into actionable data. Even if the first generation of wearable technology is limited, it will continue to evolve and promise better information on personal health for future generations.
What gadget or technology from Star Trek or any other science fiction become reality? Let us know in the comments.