Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Trends: So I like Star Trek

I've watched all the Star Trek episodes, from the Original Series, The Next Generation, Voyager, DS9 and even some Enterprise episodes. Well not all the Enterprise episodes, but you know. One fact many people are realizing more and more is that the world we live in today, as far as technology goes, looks a lot like what they predicted in Star Trek. Many devices have even been inspired by the TV show.

People have been noticing before that our PDAs look a lot like the tricorders. Cell phones look like the early communicators. And LCD displays look like the Enterprise display panels. As for the transporter, well that's not here yet. But still there are a lot of similarities, and it's not a coincidence. This weekend there was a show on Discovery Channel called How William Shatner Changed The World where we learned a lot of engineers that developed these devices were actually Star Trek fans. So when a concept worked on the show, it made sense to try and create it. For people still living in the Star Trek universe, they can have a true communicator, but they'll have to wait a bit since it's been delayed.

I think the concept of device convergence as we know it now with smart phones is not a new concept at all. It's just that now the technology is here to make it happen. Because back in the 60s there were actors playing explorers in out of space, carrying a device very much like that, that someone envisioned almost 50 years before it would become reality, with simply another name.

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