NG Star Trek PADD and the Ipad

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    Aug 09, 2015 5:15 AM GMT
    I have been watching a lot of Star Trek Next Generation from the late 80's. Noticed the crew walking around with "IPad" looking devices, looks like somebody else had the same idea when the first Apple, IPad came out, did Steve Jobs steal this idea by watching Star Trek NG ???????

    Some of the props made for NG back over twenty years ago have now become reality, I just thought this fascinating, I am really enjoying watching this series in re-runs, today. I really didn't care for Star Trek Voyager or Deep Space series', The characters just seem a bit too much 'alien' like and the 'voyage' encounters were with too many alien looking creatures. Those shows, to me, became more of a 'new' creature or enemy fest, than the original and NG Star Treks of Romulans.

    How Star Trek artists imagined the iPad… 23 years ago

  • hebrewman

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    Aug 09, 2015 10:52 AM GMT
    a long time ago an engineer at motorola was interviewed when the 'flip phone' came out. (this was the first commercially viable 'small' cell phone) he admitted that the initial idea for the design came from his watching, and love for, the original star trek as a kid. i think that many electronics geeks were trekkers, and many still are. i've thought the same thing too.... gene roddenberry was way ahead of his time in these matters. and so was isaac asimov. (i,robot and the positronic neural net...) whatever the case, i love using my iphone and kindle and thinking that maybe we as a species may actually survive the 21st century and beyond.
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    Aug 09, 2015 3:32 PM GMT
    There is a whole list of things from Star Trek that have inspired actual devices and practices. Just to name a few:

    Bluetooth headsets: Uhura's earpiece

    Skype Translator: standard issue Universal Translator

    Tricorders: Multiple applications such as the hand-held ultrasound, swipe thermometer, etc

    Replicators: 3D printing?? (eventually)

    Communicators: Flip Phones (as stated earlier, and ironically almost obsolete now)

    Automatic Doors: Automatic Doors

    Computer Voice Interfaces: Siri, Google Now, etc

    They've done a bunch of TV shows and articles on this. One such example:

    Star Trek is one of the most influential TV shows that has ever been. Many technologies we take for granted today, were originally thought up for Star Trek.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 09, 2015 3:56 PM GMT
    Sometimes it`s more general than technology.
    For example, both Hermann Oberth and Robert Goddard, pioneers in rocketry and astronautics, were inspired by the woks of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Also, Norbert Wiener, one of the great thinkers on such topics as mathematics, cybernetics, computing, robotics, and artificial intelligence generally, was supposedly inspired to study them from reading the short stories of Isaac Asimov, especially his 'I, Robot' ones, as a boy.
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    Aug 09, 2015 10:22 PM GMT
    Well, Apple already had the "Newton" when TNG was in production.

    Anyway, iPad-like devices were clearly featured in movies at least as early as 1968 when they were shown in "2001 A Space Odyssey." IIRC, Lawyers for Samsung tried to use the film in a lawsuit, to prove that they weren't "just copying Apple."

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    Aug 11, 2015 3:16 PM GMT
    ELNathB said... Some of the props made for NG back over twenty years ago have now become reality...

    accountant mailed me a CD/DVD thingy. Told his office i don't have anything that can play it. They printed off the documents and mailed it. The post person delivered it to the vacationing neighbor next door. The handyman indicated he needs the key to the house. I put the keys in the mail box and noticed my packageicon_evil.gif

    using a tablet or cell phone; just try to access into your home with 2 bars of service. Your on the roof of a gay bro location that should have excellent reception. Frustration; know you have the PDF service manual for the unit at home and it will tell you what an error code "6" is.