So I can admit it: I like Star Trek. I’m certainly not a “Trekkie,” but I do find most of the stories and characters interesting and fun to think about. The creators of the various series usually came up with something interesting to deal with in terms of discussion, examination and exploration.
Part of what is cool about the Star Trek franchise is the fabulous technology and theorems that come along with the show. Ask any NASA engineer or particle physicist and they’ll tell you that a lot of the “fiction” that was portrayed on the Trek shows was partly based on fun and partly based on science. The parts that were theoretically based on science, have not only become reality, but the show actually coined some scientific terminology and/or scientific basis in fact that had not been explored at the time of the original show; “antimatter” for example.
Anyway, this is a round-a-bout way of getting to the point that JJ Abrams (creator of LOST) has come up with his own ideas of what technology might be like 100 years from now and we have pictures to show you. While some of what is cool about the Trek franchise is the scientific reality of all of the gadgets and technology, another aspect of the show is also the mystery. It just works. We don’t necessarily have to know the whys and hows or all of the intracacies of each bit of techno-babble; we just need to know that when a tri-corder scans a rock, it can tell us where that rock has been and what compounds the rock has contained for the last billion years.
|Kirk’s communicator:||Tri-corder:||Uhura’s comm device:|
Thanks to TrekMovie.com, we’re getting a first hand look at some of the gadgetry from next summer’s highly anticipated Star Trek “re-boot.” Myself, I’m interested in Kirk’s communication device. Again, I’m not interested in how or why it works; as a cinemaphile, I’m just more interested in how it looks and the fact that it does work at all.
To see the above images in a little bit more detail, peek under the seats…