The Future is Now: Sci-Fi Gadgets that are Actually Real

In the last 30 years, technology has been developing at a breakneck speed. So, it’s no surprise that many gadgets that were once only gleams in a sci-fi writer’s eye are now on the market. Some technologies that were once only imaginable are already a part of your everyday life. Here are 10 cool electronic gadgets that started out as fiction but are now reality.

3D Printers

The Star Trek franchise has long been known for being ahead of its time and has actually predicted, or perhaps inspired, many technologies that we use today. One such technology is the replicator, which is similar to today’s 3D printers.

The replicator first appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation and was depicted as a machine that could rearrange subatomic particles into nearly any form desired. While today’s 3D printing isn’t able to conjure up something out of nothing (it requires pre-existing material and a design in order to print), it’s pretty darn close to the real thing.

Sci-fi nerds were over the moon when it was announced that NASA had emailed a wrench to an astronaut on the International Space Station because it meant that the replicator was basically real.

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