“Landing party, set your phasers on stun!” As a kid growing up in the 1960s, I marveled at the gadgets and the fictional technology used on the original Star Trek series. I would have loved to have been able to get my hands on a phaser when I was a kid.
Now, at age ffifty, I have been able to order a phaser-like defensive weapon from the internet for the last twenty years. What’s more, this product, which is commonly used by most police departments, employs the same electro-muscular disruption technology as did the Star Trek weapon, provided it was set on stun, of course.
How skeptical the viewers were when the crew of Star Trek’s Enterprise flipped open their communicators and contacted each other and the ship. After all, the little hand held devices had no cords or antenna, so it was pure fantasy, right?
Today, we feel lost if we leave home without our personal, palm sized communicators. Nearly everyone in this nation owns, uses and depends on a cell phone daily, so much so that home phone lines and pay phones are becoming as tough to find as dinosaurs. In addition, if you thought the modern cell phone and Star Trek’s communicator weren’t eerily similar enough, just download Star Treks communicator activation sound for your cell phone’s ringtone.