So I saw this replica of the Star Trek Tricorder come across one of my feeds, and the first thing to run through my head was "cool, I want." I’m a sucker for these kinds of reproductions. But then the same old feeling came over me; a feeling of disappointment that the people making these things just don’t get it. Watch old Trek. Watch them do cool things with their "futuristic technology" – things we can do just fine today. It raises the obvious question: why hasn’t anyone actually DONE THESE THINGS WITH THESE REPLICAS?
I’ve seen it said many, many times on various geeky forums: put out a touch screen smartphone with an LCARS GUI, and you’ll have people lined up to buy them! Make a working cell-phone that looked like a TOS communicator, and you won’t be able to keep them in stock. Heck, make a replica comm-badge or Uhura’s earpiece as a bluetooth accessory, and you’d be RICH! This tricorder? It’s plenty big enough to stuff a media player/GPS/Nokia N95 into – and people would love carrying it around.
I know there have been a couple half-hearted attempts, but if someone really did it right, a lot of geeks would be very, very happy. So, what do you folks say? Any other classic science fiction gadgets you could see turned into functional modern gadgets?