Ipinaskil ni: ahkong | Hulyo 22, 2008

Trekkie Tech

 

“Space, the Final Frontier…. This are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise, It’s mission….to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilation…. To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone…Before…”

Yan yung palaging intro bago magsumila yung series na Star Trek. Lagi ko siyang pinapanood nung araw, bata palang ako may Star Trek na. Matatawag ko na isa akong “Trekkie” or “Trekker”.

Nung araw gustong-gusto ko ito kasi ang cool mga Starships nila. Pero habang tumatagal naiintidihan ko ang theme ng Star Trek – “Unity”

Yung pagiging isang lahi, mapa amercano, asiano, itim, aleman at kung ano pang lahi ka man. Kung mapapansin natin yung pangunahing crew o yung mga opsiyal ng USS Enterprise eh nagre-represent ng buong lahi ng tao, pwera lang kay Spook…este…kay Spock. (Yung pahaba yung tenga na parang si…..Langonisa..?) Ah’kong sino yung sa Lord of the Rings…?

Ah’Kong : Ewan…sino si Fredo..? diba sa Dyesabel yon….?

Ang layo naman ng sagot mo…bwiset!!! Saka ewan ko hindi ko naman napapanuod yang Dyesable, ala naman tayong Pinoy TV dito eh…kahit TFC (Tamis Anghang) wala din.

Eniwey….ayun na nga. Nung araw bumili pa ako ng Scale Model nung USS Enterprise, (PHP 1,500) yata bili ko dun. Naka display sa bahay yun…dati. Kaso nung lumalaki na ang mga anak kong lalaki, ayun ginawang laruan…ano pa eh di…wasak !!!

Pero ano nga ba ang nacontribute ng palabas na Star Trek sa tao ? Anong technologies ang nagkatotoo mula sa palabas na ito….

 

A robotic rover called Zoe is the first robot to remotely detect the presence of life. On a NASA-sponsored mission in the harsh Atacama desert in Chile, Zoe was able to detect life by looking for natural fluorescence from lichens and bacteria. Life detection is all the rage now; the European Space Agency will be using the Urey Life Detector on an upcoming Mars mission. These devices mimic the function of the long range sensors from Star Trek, which could detect life from unreasonably long distances.

Several prototype PHASR weapons are being tested by the US military. The Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response device is under development at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate. The PHASR has been designed as a non-lethal, man-portable deterrent weapon. It uses a laser system with two different wavelengths to blind (temporarily!) the enemy. The clever acronym for this device is obviously back-formed to resemble its original – the phaser rifle from Star Trek, which actually looks very similar.

 

 

Transparent aluminum armor (aluminum oxynitride – ALON) is being tested by the military as a lighter and stronger alternative to traditional materials. ALON is a ceramic compound with very high compressive strength and durability; it offers better performance than traditional materials consisting of bonded glass. in extensive testing, ALON has performed well against multiple hits of armor-piercing rounds. Trek fans fondly recall how the formula for (science-fictional) transparent aluminum came to our time; Scotty blabbed it to an engineer.

 

 

This surgical technique is a non-invasive way to destroy unwanted masses within the body (like uterine fibroids) without harming the surrounding tissues. I seem to recall Dr. McCoy touting the advantages of doing surgery without using knives decades ago. On one occasion, he saved Chekov with a nifty little non-invasive surgery device (see photo), saying “Put away your butcher knives and let me save this patient before it’s too late!

Whenever Spock beamed down to a planetary surface, there was one thing he always took with him – his trusty tricorder. This handy pocket-sized device could do things like analyze the minerals in soil and look for life signs. NASA is ready to send similar sensors to Mars in coming years, like the Raman spectrometer shown above.

The Enterprise‘s transporter was able to zero in on the exact location of an individual crew member from thousands of miles away. Although we’re still working on teleportation, we’ve pretty much got the location technology down pat. It’s called the Global Positioning System – GPS. One such satellite, one of Europe‘s planned Galileo network, is shown above.

 

The Enterprise constantly dealt with intelligent beings throughout the galaxy. When different languages were encountered, the Universal Translator was there to help bring different cultures together. In the real world, the US military is using the Phraselator in Iraq for speech translation and Internet juggernaut Google, among others, can translate Web sites to suit user needs. Also, just this month, NEC announced the first cell phone with speech translation.

 

When Enterprise crew members became sick, Dr. McCoy was able to diagnose the problem in record time, usually thanks to his medical tricorder. Today’s physicians make use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and CAT scans in much the same way. For smaller bugs, NASA has actually tested a similar kind of device on the space station. The LOCAD-PTS is able to detect and identify within minutes environmental pathogens (fungi or bacteria) that could adversely affect the health of crew members.

 

Star Trek popularized the idea of a communicator that could instantly connect two crew members on different parts of a planet. To answer the device, you just flipped it open and started talking. Of course, everyone recognizes this device today as a cell phone. Amateur electronics wizards have occasionally made replica Star Trek communicators available on eBay; they use Bluetooth technology to piggyback on your cell phone service.

 

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Oh di ba bongga ang mga imbensyon ngayon… hi-tek na hi-tek na. Sabagay sa Japan ngayon may mga robots na sila na tumutulong sa bahay. Yung isang nakita ko sa net, receptionist ng isang building eh robot na pero mukhang tao…hanep talaga itong mga sakang na ito.

 

Pero wala pa ring panama sa pinoy yan….pinakamagaling pa rin ang pinoy !!!

 

Ah’Kong : Owws….talaga ?!! Magaling pa rin pinoy ?!! Sabagay, wala tatalo sa kurakutan !!!

 

Tungaw…. hindi yon, sa pinas lang metal nakakain na….

 

Ah’kong : Huh ?!!! Metal, nakakain ?? Sa Pinas ??!!!!

 

Oh sabi ko na eh bibilib ka talaga sa Pinas….

 

Ah’Kong : Anong klase metal yan ??!!!

 

Metal…bos ng Kamote

Metal…bos ng Ampalaya

Metal-bos ng Saluyot

Bagoong lang katalo na!!!

 

Nyah…ha…ha…ha…ha…ha…


Responses

  1. uy galing nga ng star trek noh? kaya nga daming mga followers niyan eh, kahit dito rin, ako naman paminsan, minsan nood nya di lagi, pero tama ka nga yung mga inventions sa movies na high tech nung 70’s eh totoo na ngayon, pag nakapanood ka ng mga science fiction na movies na luma, check mo yon, like mobile phone, gps, etc. aliw.

  2. baka nga balang araw, ang tao pag nagbakasyon sa moons na ng Jupiter o kaya mag picnic sa Mars…di ba?

    tapos yung mga kriminal itatapon na sa araw…LOLs


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