"Star Trek" Predicted Cell Phones

"Star Trek" featured a device known as "the communicator". This device was an early imagining of the modern cell phone used today. "The replicator" used in "Star Trek" is comparable to a contemporary 3D-printer.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. "The communicator" in "Star Trek" was an early imagining of the modern cell phone. 00:52

  2. There are devices capable of translating foreign languages in real-time video calls, similar to those found in "Star Trek." 01:42

  3. NASA created a handheld device that can measure microorganisms in objects in space. 02:23

Written by Curiosity Staff July 16, 2015