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Old June 1 2010, 05:25 AM   #10
LCARS 24
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Re: Star Trek Technology Coming To Life

Tricorders: The Wikipedia article has quite a list of "real tricorders" developed so far.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tricorder

Replicators: Stereolithography and selective laser sintering have created a market in fast prototyping (creating physical objects from 3D computer image files) and have undergone a lot of development already. NASA will be testing a new type on the ISS that doesn't require gravity. I have a Panasonic bread machine, which can make various bakery products. The first one hit the market before TNG first aired.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereolithography
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_laser_sintering
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_machine

LCARS: I have interactive LCARS displays in my house. So do lots of people.
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