From Star Trek fiction to iPhone Today

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  1. rotobadger macrumors 65816

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    Thought this was interesting. It is amazing that, roughly 40 years ago, the Star Trek Communicator on the left was thought to be "science fantasy". How in the world could there be a wireless device you could hold in your hand to TALK to someone hundreds or thousands of miles away??? Now, that amazing fictional device looks HUGE next to the iPhone. Back then, something like the iPhone wasn't even imaginable.

    Wonder what cell phones will do 40 years from now?

    Live long and...

    Oh, you know.
     

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  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    You know, I've always thought that if someone came up with a replica Uhura earpiece, but have it be an actual, functional Bluetooth headset with the electronics hidden inside, it would be a huge seller, just for the gag value of it:

    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. Marky_Mark macrumors 6502a

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    That Uhura rig looks seriously uncomfortable though, eh?
     
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Heck, and consider that the iPhone also does half the stuff the old tricorder used to do, and you've got one compact device!
     

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  5. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Well, it doesn't have to be a solid hunk of metal. :)

    Ah, but it lacks the tres-groovy 1 inch CRT screen. :)
     
  6. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    Star Trek was always considered to be "good science fiction"

    most of the ideas were based on common theories, faster then light speed travel, worm wholes, ect.
     
  7. ubersalad macrumors 6502a

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    What about worm half, is that less than the whole?
     
  8. shinenjk macrumors regular

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    We'll be able to have sex with our cellphones and make babies - no joke.
     
  9. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    errr ... oops :)

    my mistake
     
  10. Marky_Mark macrumors 6502a

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    half a worm whole is better than none.

    Anyway, looks like some people are getting geared up for Star Trek online.
     
  12. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    I've been saying that for years... In the meantime, I'll have to amuse myself by getting one of these:

    ThinkGeek Bluetooth Retro Handset

    [​IMG]

    :apple::apple:
     
  13. alexboy45 macrumors regular

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    i realy want one of these. it will realy compliment the retro dialer app as well
     
  14. Riemann Zeta macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing like that plastic fantastic 1960s retro charm. Does it come in ugly green and orange, or a nice ass brown color as well?

    And the retro bluetooth handset: comedy gold. I would totally get one if it came in red, that way I could feel like I was launching nuclear missiles from a sub.
     
  15. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    She doesn't look that uncomfortable. ;)
     
  16. fleeper macrumors 6502

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    If a company made a cell phone that was identical to the communicator and made the same sound when you open the communicator, that would be a major seller imo.

    fleeper
     
  17. cjbryce macrumors 6502

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    Indeed, and I suspect that there's many that would want to but couldn't cut a deal with Paramount.
     

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