Top 10 Star Trek Gadgets That Exist In Real Life

5. VIDEO CALLS

At the time that the original Star Trek series debuted, the idea of seeing video when talking to someone on the phone wasn’t a new concept, but it was a long way from being commercially viable. The technology required to make this element of science fiction a reality has existed for several decades, but it took a long time for the idea to take off among the public.

Telecommunications companies tried several times to get the public excited about 3G video phone calls, but due to the expense of the phones required, the cost of using networks for this purpose, and the fact that anyone a person wanted to call also needed to have a video phone, early attempts to introduce the technology fell flat.

It was only once smartphones and high speed internet became commonplace that cheap, convenient video calls became a reality. Now, this technology is a common part of everyday life, and it’s hard to imagine a world ten years ago that was skeptical about video phones ever becoming a popular reality.

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