Some of the 8+ technologies (or story elements) of Star Trek that I discuss include:
1) Warp DriveAlthough some Star Trek technologies are still clearly in the realm of science fiction (e.g., the warp drive), others like the medical tricorder are coming close to reality. And some design elements (like the flip-style communicators of Star Trek: TOS) have already come and gone as consumer products in the real world.
2) Universal Translator
3) Handheld Computers
4) Medical Tricorder
5) Energy Weapons
8) Intelligent Aliens
9) Other Technologies
For more details, read the full text of "8 Star Trek Technologies Moving From Science Fiction To Science Fact".
I had a lot of fun working on this latest Forbes piece. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
(And I'd like to thank Ari Armstrong for his blog post on Microsoft and Skype Translator that inspired this article.)