Fans of Star Trek in the 1960s were dying for the show's future to become real. Apparently many of today's engineers and designers felt the same way. Forty years later, a trip through an electronics store turns up a surprising amount of Trek-inspired gear. Is life imitating Star Trek or was Gene Roddenberry's creation oddly prescient? CNET went to the set of "Star Trek: New Voyages" to get an up-close comparison. Take a look and decide for yourself.
The Motorola Razr (top) is a perfect example. You can carry it on a belt or in a pocket, flip it open and talk wirelessly with people far, far away.
It works an awful lot like Kirk's Communicator.
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