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Telepresence Makes the "Top 10 Real Life Star Trek Inventions"

November 5, 2007 | Chris Payatagool
img_slide1.jpgThe Top 10 real life Star Trek inventions

In the past few months a number of technologies and products that invoke the Star Trek name have been rolled out. MIT was the latest with a tractor beam-like device, but all manner of other new stuff from Star Trek funeral products to healthcare items are also out there. We've gathered up some of the more recent products so you can have a quick look-see.

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Perhaps this technology has existed in some form in the past but Cisco's telepresence package really does offer live shots of people pretty much from anywhere. As my colleague Linda Musthaler noted recently, in the original Star Trek show as well as all its derivatives, officers on the starship Enterprise are able to conjure a live image of a person on a huge screen and talk to that person in real-time. Though unconceivable in 1966, that kind of technology is on the market today. And it may soon come to your house.

10Telepresence.jpg[via Network World]






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