Top 10 Star Trek Gadgets That Exist In Real Life


The weapons in Star Trek don’t rely on bullets or other projectiles – instead, phasers shoot bolts of energy which can be set to either cause serious damage to an opponent, or simply stun them for a short time, thereby being useful in situations where the user doesn’t want to kill their target.

Real-world alternatives to phasers, which use electric energy to incapacitate enemies have been in use since the 1970s – the most common brand name for these devices is the Taser, which, much like the stun setting of phasers in Star Trek, generally won’t do permanent damage to people that the device is used on.

While Tasers don’t quite have the science fiction sheen that Star Trek phasers do on the show, the devices work on a similar principle, and advancements are being made to the technology all the time to make them more effective and formidable for use against a variety of opponents.