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Star Trek and the iPad

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: July 25, 2011

For those of you who can’t get enough “Star Trek,” here are some clips posted on You Tube from the series that predicted the coming of the iPad. Some in this post date back at least 20 years.

Most are from “The Next Generation” but you can find on the Web all kinds of reports that illustrate how “Star Trek” decades ago envisioned the technology that we use today — such as Skype for video conferencing, flip mobile phones, Blue Tooth headsets, portable translators, interactive video gaming, voice-activated computers and more.

Star Trek never mentioned apps as a way to access the Enterprise’s main computer system, however. But this blog post foreshadows Tuesday’s Get App-y column on anyway. Stay tuned. …

Jean Luc Pickard and an iPad predecessor

And yet another …

What will the next real-life technology be that was first imagined by “Star Trek”? Cloaking to make an entire ship invisible? The Holodeck for video gaming? Comment below or email me.

~ Lillie-Beth (

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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