Star Trek Technology We Use Everyday
Star Trek technology has become reality that we use in our daily lives. There are many different forms of technology fields that have been shown in Star Trek as a first that have become a reality rather than a Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) fantasy. Star Trek technology came from the great imaginative minds of writers and designers with little to no knowledge of science in the original series. It wasn't until the second series that they started to incorporate actual scientific methods and terms. Advancements in science have come about through the influence of creative people thinking of the future. This technology has been instrumental in how we conduct our lives. Contemporary technology has been influenced by Star Trek in many ways.
Phones were around for many years before Star Trek; however, they were tied down to the house or office by wires and the bulkiness of the devices. No one could possibly make a phone call on the go, yet they could by using a phone booth. However, using a phone booth would not be of much use since it couldn't be carried around. One of the greatest inventors of this decade, Dr. Martin Cooper, decided to come up with a new form of communicating with the rest of the world. "Dr. Martin Cooper found himself tripping over his phone cord when he saw Star Trek appear on the TV playing in the background. Cooper watched with envy as Captain Kirk calmly conversed while walking across an alien landscape." (Laytner, 2011) While Cooper watched Captain Kirk with his communicator, he was bewildered “And, suddenly there's Captain Kirk talking on his communicator,” remembers Cooper. “Talking with no dialing!” (Handel, 2005) With the idea set in his mind, he set out to make it a reality. In 1973, Martian Cooper, "While working for Motorola, he [Cooper] created the first personal cell phone, citing Captain Kirk's communicator on Star Trek as an inspiration. His first call on the 28-oz. (800 g) cordless cell phone —...
Cited: Grossman, Lev. (2007). Best inventions of 2007. Time. Retrieved from http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1677329_1677708_1677825,00.html.
Time listed the best inventions and inventors of the 2007, and they had Martin Cooper listed for creating the first mobile telephone that wasn 't mounted in a car in 1973.
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