'Star Trek Into Darkness' Head-To-Head: 9 Not-So-Out-Of-This-World Technologies


Destination: Wearable Tech

Google's giving Star Trek a run for its money in terms of wearable technology, or at least it's showing what its progeny might look like. "Into Darkness" makes use of highly sophisticated wearable technology, such as when two Starfleet officers venture outside a starship and move through space at high speeds. The two are guided by the wearable technology in their helmets' visor, which functions as a computer screen, similar to Google Glass, popping up vital information about the Starfleet officers' surroundings, using geolocation and other modern-day app-like features to provide information about their location, their velocity and obstacles flying in their way, among others. Perhaps, then, the future isn't in "smarter" smartphones but rather, as Google Glass (pictured) or Apple's rumored iWatch would suggest, in wearable technology, which may nullify the need for smartphones and make Starfleet's primitive-looking communicator seem like a streamlined, purpose-built device rather than an iPhone lacky.

Advantage: Star Trek



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