I remember growing up watching Star Trek with my father, marveling at technology that seemed like it belonged in the far flung future. No one could have convinced me back then that a lot of the tools and toys they had then would be readily available to me now. A lot of these technical wonders are so common now you might not even realize you have one in your pocket.
I may still be waiting for my flying car, but these pieces of science fiction that have become a reality will tide me over.
In Star Trek they were called Pads, but remember those flat devices Dr. Bashir or Data would be poking around at to provide the statistical data necessary to tell their Captains that something they were going to do anyway was a really, really bad idea? They’re almost identical to what we call tablets now, whether they’re a Kindle or an iPad. You can even download custom displays for some devices that let you set up your operating system display in Pad form, though almost all of them require that you jailbreak your device first.