If you’re a child of the 70s and 80s, and The Jetsons was one of your favorite cartoons, and you thought Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was the best Star Trek ever (probably because that was the only one you had seen at the time), you might be like me. I really believed that we would have invented some hard core science fiction gadgets by now.
Sure, we have versions of some Star Trek gadgets like the iPad that mimics Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Personal Access Display Device, cell phones created from the communicator and stun guns spawned from the phasers (go humans!), but I really thought we would have invented a fully functioning transporter or lived in Jetson bubble houses and flew bubble cars by now. If I were a genius (and I’m not close) and a billionaire (can anyone spare a dime so I can pay a genius billionaire inventor?), I’d focus on the following five Star Trek technologies and make them a reality. Please note that some of these might actually defy the laws of physics. Quantum physics aside, this is about imaginative childhood wishes being made so.
We have the capability of virtual reality, but nothing compares to the holodeck. If you’re like most people and strapped for cash, vacations are few and not extravagant. The holodeck can virtually transport you to a beach in Belize, a blues club in Memphis, a café in Paris, or anywhere in the world or the galaxy!
Downside: the holodeck could be infected by a computer virus and send you to Antarctica or Hoth. Brrrrrr.
Piggyback the holodeck with the transporter. If you can pretend to enjoy a luxurious vacation in Bora Bora, then the transporter can physically send you there. In pieces. And then reassemble them on the other side. No baggage fees!
Downside: Spaceballs anyone? If you missed this classic Mel Brooks parody, President Skroob (Mel Brooks) tried to transport and ended up with his head on backwards.
This food dispenser would make so many lives so much easier! How awesome would it be to just push a button and your beverage or meal automatically appears before your eyes? It would save so much time: no grocery shopping, no preparation, no clean-up, and no whiny kids or significant others saying they don’t want meatloaf but want steak instead. Well, push a button and voila! Problem solved.
Downside: the food itself is replicated to imitate real food. Everything might taste like chicken, and not free-range chicken.
Collar of obedience:
This just made me laugh for a minute and is more of a joke idea. I honestly missed this gadget and discovered it scrolling through the Star Trek database. I’m sure a lot of couples would like this for their other half, but I’d like this for my dog. My pug never listens to me, and when he does, he just looks at me with disdain. The collar would not embarrass the pooch like the Cone of Shame. It would be fashionable.
Downside: The original “disciplinary” collar constricts the neck if the wearer is disobedient and causes pain. I’m voting for a tiny electric shock, like a bark collar. No animals were harmed or thought of being harmed in the imaginative process of this article.
Space travel. That’s it.
Downside: Your spaceship might explode if it malfunctions.
Most likely, four out of the five Star Trek technologies will remain science fiction, but a girl can dream about a world where we make it so.