Top 10 Star Trek Gadgets That Exist In Real Life

6. EYE-TOP COMPUTERS

There are multiple devices which appear over the course of The Next Generation which bear more than a passing resemblance to Google Glass. The machines are typically used in Star Trek as a quick and convenient answer to heads up displays, providing precision guidance for weapons or medical tools by giving the user a better, more detailed view of what they’re doing.

In practice, while Google’s ill-fated eye-top computer may have looked similar to these devices, it didn’t have quite the functionality of the machines envisioned by Star Trek. While the Google Glass didn’t manage to take off, there are a range of ongoing projects within the tech world, researching the viability of augmented reality to create heads up displays that can help guide the user through their daily tasks.

Most notably, Microsoft is currently developing what the company is calling the HoloLens, which involes an eye-top machine that projects hologram-like images into the user’s line of vision, copying yet another classic Star Trek technology. Among the experts working on the project is none other than Casey Hudson, director of the Mass Effect trilogy of games, which also took more than a little inspiration from Star Trek.

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