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Old September 11 2012, 06:31 PM   #2
C.E. Evans
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Re: Tech update in Star Trek

I think generally all you really need are phasers, tricorders, and communicators. You can come up with some sort of new souped-up names to make them sound more updated than the devices used in the 24th-Century.

Thinking about it further, though, PADDs and desktop computer terminals may indeed be obsolete if characters can now just wave their hand and have images and files appear in mid-air before them like Ayel did in Star Trek XI (a tricorder-like device may still be handy in scanning, analyzing, and recording things on away team missions, however).

Monitor screens and touchscreen control panels may still be necessary at various command stations on the ship. "Ether-based" interfaces might be good for everyday household usage, but not all of them might be as reliable or as rugged aboard a starship during a crisis situation perhaps.
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