Top 10 Star Trek Gadgets That Exist In Real Life

9. HANDS FREE PHONES

As the chief communications officer of the Enterprise, Lieutenant Uhura is often depicted across the course of the original Star Trek series wearing an earpiece that allows her to keep tabs on communications both across the ship and with external threats.

In what is likely another case of Star Trek’s interpretation of technology being used as the basis for real world inventions, modern day hands-free Bluetooth earpieces strongly resemble the technology used by Uhura as part of her job.

A similar device appears in the modern Star Trek movies, and it’s interesting to note that this form of technology, like much in the show, doesn’t successfully feel as advanced and futuristic as it did at the time of the original show.

Considering the technological advancements that have been made over the past fifty years, it’s no wonder JJ Abrams had to make such heavy use of lens flares in order to make his movie feel scientific and visually impressive – tricks the original show did through the use of fantastical props.

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