As a kid, I'd sit watching Star Trek and it would blow my tiny mind. From the phasers to the universal language translator I was fascinated by this imaginary future, not realizing I'd be living in a time when many of the things envisioned by Gene Roddenberry are close to coming true.
We previously explored how science fiction movies, books, games and more inspire the technology we use today. So, what about the future? What great inventions from science fiction are lurking around the corner? For example, what if you could ride around town in your very own landspeeder, or travel the world by simply standing on your very own teleporter pad and telling it where to send you? Here's a list of the top 10 most promising up and coming technological inventions inspired by the pages, scenes and sounds of science fiction.
The 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation is this month, and to celebrate, CBS is presenting a one night only theater screening of some of those newly remastered high definition episodes, along with a bunch of fun extras. Two episodes have been selected, both "fan favorites" from season one.
Portland, Oregon just might be the best city ever. Who knew they had a Star Wars vs. Star Trek bike ride? Well, now we do and you know what that means —video of the awesomest bike ride in history.
We've got phasers. We've got tricorders. And now, thanks to MIT, we've got a hypospray that works just like the real thing, delivering programmable doses of drugs painlessly right through your skin without any needles.
We're talking NCC-1701, a Constitution-class starship, more than 200 years ahead of schedule. A brilliant (we hope) engineer, identified only as "BTE Dan," has worked out not only how to build us the pinnacle of our geekiest Trek dreams, he has worked out how to pay for a space-worthy USS Enterprise, too.
In 1992 there were plans — real plans — to transform the Las Vegas skyline with a $150 million, full-size Starship Enterprise with a fully realized interior from Star Trek: The Original Series. So, who's the Denebian slime devil who axed it?
Peter Jansen, a postdoc in a lab for "Engineering Non-Traditional Sensors" at the University of Arizona, has developed (from scratch) a perfectly functional Star Trek-style Tricorder. It's packed with sensors, displays and touchpads, and it even folds up. Plus, this is just version one: version two is much more slick.
The ruminating geeks over at ThinkGeek are offering a subtle, professional way for a fan of Star Trek to strike their colors: officially licensed Star Trek ties. We're not talking ties with gaudy scenes from the various series. These are tasteful, carry only a small Starfleet badge on them and come in three different flavors.
Here's a harsh reality check to those of us who dream of zipping between worlds at faster-than-light speeds. Scenario: you're visiting your dear old grandmother on the planet GJ1214b, 40 light years from Earth. Result: she'd be "gamma ray and high energy particle blasted into oblivion" when you arrived.