Star Trek Legacy: Back To The Future Innovations
Just as was announced in its voice-over introduction, it was clear that this series would challenge man “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Now, humans have taken giant leaps within the last few decades to bring us the technological advancements that we now enjoy freely today.
To understand how ridiculous these ideas sounded when the original series was produced, remember that its first episode was aired in 1966. The story was set somewhere in the Milky Way Galaxy towards the close of the 23rd century. A group of scientists in a spaceship went out to explore the galaxy and discover more about things around them.
A lot of technologies displayed in the series were simply stunning for the average mind. Even the high-class literate people such as doctors and professors were wowed by these technologies. Star Trek would go on to become the most inspiring series in the world of medicine and would herald the birth of remarkable advancements today.
For example, in Star Trek, one of the most controversial devices featured was the Tricorder. The Tricorder, an abbreviation of “TRI-function reCORDER”, is a device with a sensor scanner which helps in scanning, analyzing and recording data. It comes in three major variants, even though there are a few others for special use.
There is the standard, general-purpose tricorder that is used for scouting areas that are unfamiliar, examining living things and recording technical data. There is also the engineering tricorder that is used specifically for engineering tasks within the starship.
One of the most remarkable devices shown on Star Trek is Geordi’s VISOR. The VISOR is an acronym for Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement. Because Geordi LaForge was born blind, he had to rely on this device to “see”. This device sends visual signals straight to his brain, helping him see all the electromagnetic spectrum.
One other medical advancement to be noticed in Star Trek is the sickbay. This sickbay is way ahead of the sickbays that could be found in the 60s. From this bed, it is easy to diagnose illnesses with the aid of machines.
Now, such advancements are now real. A sickbay has been unveiled at a British hospital, which uses outstanding technologies that could only be described as space-age to diagnose a wide range of diseases and health conditions, from stomach aches to cancer.
This works in a non-invasive way by gathering data based on the sight, smell, and feel of the condition for analysis and diagnosis. It even has equipment that would be very useful as a probe on a mission to Mars. Talk about Star Trek happening in real life!
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