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It uses the same system used now to spell out words, such as 1-800-GEE-KSQUA converting to 1-800-433-5778, or in the days of telephone operators where PennsylvniA 6-5000 became 726-5000. As you type in single numbers that standard for one of 3 or 4 letters, it cross references that with a dictionary of words to find out what word you may be typing. It is not flawless, because there are a number of words that are spelled by the same four numbers (for example, 5646 spells both “join” and “logo”), however most systems will present the most common word, and then offer you a chance to pick other options. However the benefit is that instead of using non-T9 text messaging systems where you would have to hit the 5 key three times to move from “j” to “k” to “l”, you can just hit the 5 key once and it figures out from context which letter it should be.
There’s a new Star Trek movie coming out today and it got me thinking – what has Star Trek contributed to the modern-day universe? Could it be possible we owe some modern day conveniences to this long-running series of fictional TV shows and movies?
You can’t talk Star Trek without mentioning the wonderful future technologies that enable the Enterprise crew to survive their strange adventures every week. It’s even harder not to bring up the number of “future” 24th century tech predicted by the show that have actually become part of our daily lives. Cell phones for example.
But what about the technology that’s not presently here, or even “right around the corner”? Star Trek contains a starship’s worth of super-science well beyond our current physics and engineering. Let’s take a look at some of this unreal Star Trek technology and why it’s not likely to show up on the shelves of your local Best Buy any time soon.
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