5 Pieces of TV Show Sci-Fi Technology I Want In Real Life

Farscape, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Classic Star Trek, Continuum, Stargate SG-1

We all love our technology. Many people cannot imagine life without their smart phones, microwave ovens, and computers. But just 100 years ago, heck, even 50 years ago if we limit our discussion to technology available for home use, these things did not exist… except in the minds of science fiction writers and engineers!

As much as we love what we have, do you ever find yourself thinking, “Wow, I sure wish I had that piece of technology from the TV show I watched last night?” I know I do! So, I decided to make a list of the things I need the most from some of the TV programs I watch.

The Transporter – Star Trek

McCoy, Kirk and Spock - Classic Star Trek

How many times have you been sitting in traffic – you know the kind, rush hour, inching along, thinking you will be on the road forever – and wishing for the transporter from Star Trek? Just think what it would do to shorten your commute!

I live in an area that made the top 10 list for traffic congestion in 2012, and I am sure it will also take that dubious honor in 2013. Some people in my area travel for hours every day. How much more time would you have for your family and friends, not to mention TV viewing, with a transporter in your garage instead of a car!

And, did you know that the concept of the transporter was developed to save money when filming the original Star Trek series? It was too costly to land a shuttlecraft every time they visited a planet and the transporter helped keep costs down.

Translator Microbes – Farscape

D'Argo, Sun, Rygel, Crichton, Zhaan - Farscape

Some people are fortunate to be good with foreign languages. I do not count myself among them, however. And, not many people can claim to be as proficient with languages as Dr. Daniel Jackson from Stargate SG-1, who speaks more than twenty. But I can dream.

Now imagine begin able to understand everybody automatically, no matter the language they are speaking? How great would that be? The downside of this technology is that it only works in one direction – you can understand anyone, but cannot speak the languages you now understand. Still, this would be very useful!

Replicator – Star Trek: The Next Generation

Data - Star Trek: The Next Generation

Cooking and shopping take a lot of time, and yet they are essential functions we must perform. And, even with the convenience of online shopping, you still have to wait for the item to arrive. Convenience foods help speed meal preparation, but are not generally considered to be healthy due to the amount of processing and additives. What is a person to do when they arrive home from work hungry after a long commute?

Enter the replicator. With the exception of a few things, everything you need can be yours via voice command! Do you want a healthy meal? Just order it up. No pots and pans, and even no dirty dishes to wash afterwards – just put them back in the replicator and they disappear! Need an emergency gift for someone? No problem – as long your desired gift is not among the short list of things that cannot be replicated. Sounds like heaven to me!

Kiera’s Special Suit – Continuum

Kiera - Continuum

Kiera is a time traveler from the year 2077. In the future, she is a member of the Central Protection Service, the equivalent of the police. Part of their equipment is a special suit, which gives her many abilities beyond what a normal human would have. Among the things the suit is capable of are: making her stronger, protecting her from bullets, rendering her invisible, and employing an energy shield bubble.

Now, I am not a super hero and don’t even play one on TV, but I think I could find some uses for this wonder suit in everyday life! For instance, there are many times where a little extra strength would be very handy – loosening lug nuts or jar tops come to mind. And a little bit of invisibility could come in handy – no, I would not spy on people! – for watching your kids without embarrassing them with your presence!

Goa’uld Healing Device – Stargate SG-1

Healing Device - Stargate SG-1

Wouldn’t it be cool to not have to go to the emergency room if you broke a bone, or not have to go to the doctor when you get a bad case of the flu? Personally, I dislike hospitals, so avoiding them is a wonderful idea. This device can heal most injuries or illnesses, although not all. Yes, there is a small problem that only people with naquadah in their blood can work the device, but I am confident something can be worked out…

The Stargate fans among you may be wondering why I did not choose the Sarcophagus, since it has more extensive healing powers and in fact, can bring someone back from the dead. Well, that is exactly why I did not choose it! There are too many nasty side effects and also the temptation to over use it would be too great.


So, those are my 5 top future tech needs. Do you think you could use these devices to your benefit? Are there any others that I did not mention that you would prefer? Please let me know in the comment section below!