Future tech i never thought to see.

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jedion357
January 15, 2015 - 6:19pm
Sometimes you watch sci fi and there is future tech that seems little more than magic. I loved Star Trek but it very much was in that vein especially when TNG came along.

For instance take the replicators: you simply told the computer to whip up a glass of Earl Gray, hot and whalla it appeared just like that.

It just occured to me that we are witnessing the beginnings of replicator technology in the form of 3D printers. Its pretty much on the level of Key card computer tech was compared to today's computers but its the beginnings of replicator technology though with some very strictive limits at this time. Will we ever see: Earl Gray, hot? I dont know but this was an interesting realization.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!
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Shadow Shack
January 17, 2015 - 2:23pm
I saw a chronocom in Best Buy last week. An actual phone on a wrist watch...no video screen but we're almost there.
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Malcadon
January 17, 2015 - 4:13pm
Shadow Shack wrote:
I saw a chronocom in Best Buy last week. An actual phone on a wrist watch...no video screen but we're almost there.

Yeah, right now they kinda suck! We still have some catching up to do before they start to get cool.


(I wonder if he can pickup satellite TV with that?)


(Wait, a smartwatch and laptop in 1983! Damn, that girl is the O.G. of nerdom!)

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Karxan
February 5, 2015 - 12:11am
Check out the Cicret Bracelet

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dmoffett
February 16, 2015 - 11:23am
The Fact that we are all using microcomputers more powerful than the supercomputers that where used when the original Star Frontiers game was designed. When I was a kid I did not question the rules. Now I believe someone could Run a UPF Cruiser via a Laptop. Or maybe 2 laptops.
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Malcadon
February 16, 2015 - 11:23pm
Karxan wrote:
Check out the Cicret Bracelet

I paste the pic but I have never figured out how to do that here.

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That looks neat! It looks way better than those bulky Smartwatches. It is like a compact smartphone that projects the screen on on your wrist. (This might be ideal for fair skin, and a pain in the ass to see on dark skin, but I can't really tell.)

If this is to be used in Star Frontiers, it would be like having Zeb-styled Bodycomps compacted down to a simple gel bracelet.

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rattraveller
February 17, 2015 - 2:34am
Being a more than slightly hairy person don't think I want to shave my arm to use this but still looks good.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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Shadow Shack
February 17, 2015 - 7:21am
So the difference between low definition graphics and Blue Ray is how "clean" your forearm is.

Which only begs another question: what if you have a tattoo there?
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iggy
February 17, 2015 - 7:59am
I'm not sure this is real.  It looks like a Photoshoped industrial design concept.  Could this be made?   Maybe, but they don't show how they are proposing to implement the touch screen interface other than dreaming up an array of long range proximity sensors.
-iggy

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Malcadon
February 17, 2015 - 9:02am
Dammit, I hate it when screens get all scratched up like this!



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Abub
February 26, 2015 - 2:31pm
what about darker skin colors... this Cicret Bracelet is racist!
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Shadow Shack
February 27, 2015 - 2:36pm
Abub wrote:
what about darker skin colors... this Cicret Bracelet is racist!
Yeah I wondered about a contrast setting.
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iggy
February 28, 2015 - 11:45am
Just finished two 80+ hour weeks getting T0 parts ready for a trial manufacturing  build.  I'm really hating our industrial designers and the mechanical engineer that worships them.  The enclosure design I am working with is so cool looking it takes 3X as long to build and is scary fragile.  The suits are getting form before function and this seems to be a trend in the world right now.  I have a hard time looking at the arm display gadget above without getting emotionally bothered.

But with a little science fiction advancement in technology I still think the above could be a star frontiers item.
-iggy

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jedion357
March 1, 2015 - 5:34am
iggy wrote:

But with a little science fiction advancement in technology I still think the above could be a star frontiers item.


I think we already have this detailed for SF in an SFMAn- a holographic computer interface if I'm remembering correctly.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Tchklinxa
March 1, 2015 - 12:31pm
I decided the the SF UPF races where forced into space sooner, so tech that is cool high tech is alien & ancient... but I love some of the new tech in RL
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

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Malcadon
March 1, 2015 - 5:21pm
The things I keep hearing about in the news that sounds like science fiction, but we would likely see in the foreseeable future:
  • Computer screens as thin and flexible as paper.
  • Gauss/railguns, particle cannons, laser arrays, microwave emitters, and other high-tech weapons.
  • Household fabricators.
  • Carbon nanotubes (many times harder and lighter that steel).
  • Batteries with fast charge-up time and less power loss over time.
  • Brain-computer interface (and with it, actual Gibson-styled "virtual reality").
  • Regenerative medicine.
  • Nanotechnology Genetically-altered "Designer babies" and manufactured people.
  • Gene-altering retro-viruses.
  • Sensory (eyes, ears, etc.) implants.
  • AI systems and the technological singularity.
  • Quantum computing and (possible) communication.
  • DNA data storage.
  • Clacking devices.
  • Robot servants and full cybernetic bodies.
  • The Alcubierre drive.
  • A reversible tractor beam.

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Shadow Shack
March 2, 2015 - 1:10am
Sadly we still have a very long way to go in the field of electric vehicles. Todays electric cars are not much better than the ones from the 1970s in terms of speed, range, and recharging times.
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Tchklinxa
March 2, 2015 - 5:53am
We don't have enough electrical generation capacity to charge all the nations regularly used vehicles yet anyhow... I have tried to explain to folks a few cars we can handle but there is a lot of infrastructure that must be put into place for all electrical, and then more than likely everyone's household electrical costs will sky rocket. Turns out very few people actual know how electrical grid works, how electricity is made, how not all sources are PC Green, how supply and demands work and so on... sigh. I am not saying don't improve the tech, but we do have a long long way to go.
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

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Shadow Shack
March 2, 2015 - 11:28am
Even if the infrastructure was in place, today's electric vehicles are barely capable --- if not capable --- of freeway speeds and have ranges under 100 miles, and those ranges will never be seen at sustained top speed. On top of that the refueling process is measured in hours instead of minutes. The 270 mile trip from Vegas to LA jumps from a four hour drive to 2-3 days with an electric. You might as well ride a bicycle for that trip.
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Malcadon
March 2, 2015 - 12:28pm
Yeah, we really need to find a strong, reliable, eco-friendly source of energy. How can we scale the following machine into a Prius, and make it all work?


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Tchklinxa
March 3, 2015 - 5:18am
Not there yet... to scale that down either. That is a fusion, if they won't let us have hoover cars there is no way in hell they will let us drive around with that. 

Have you seen people disintegrate their cars... cause I have (real amazing accidents). 

One asshat hit one of our 84 passenger Transit style busses so hard taking a short cut around freeway traffic by exiting, blowing through the light at excessive speed, his plan was to go across the intersection overpass onto the entrance to the freeway on the other side to get a head of cars... instead he T-bones a school bus, ripped out all the air brake system, twisted the frame (this is a huge vehicle) and nearly pushed it off the overpass (it was hanging slightly over) and crushed his vehicle driving it under the bus into the rear dual tires (no engine area left) and missed being crushed to death by the dual tires (though totally hurt bad) by literally 1".   

People like that make no one want to okay Fusion Cars. 
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

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Abub
March 3, 2015 - 8:52am
I was watching the sunday medical show on Fox News the other day and they were talking about a prototype of about 7 bionic eyes in patients across the USA.  Basically that use a camera and interface to the optic nerve to allow blind people a form of vision.  Not exctly like human vision, but enough to let them see shapes of things.  Maybe over time that will get more capible.

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Tchklinxa
March 3, 2015 - 12:09pm
That would be cool... they really are coming up with some cool things.

 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

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Shadow Shack
March 3, 2015 - 4:38pm
Tchklinxa wrote:
People like that make no one want to okay Fusion Cars. 

There's a very simple solution to get fusion cars on the market: Never offer them with automatic transmissions, ABS, air bags, traction control, auto-parallel park, auto-collision avoidance, etc.

In other words, make them available only to people that actually know how to drive.
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RanulfC
March 3, 2015 - 6:11pm
I always got the impression that SF made a lot more sense if you simply assumed the Frontier got "lucky" and actually managed to have interstellar travel by the time they hit the "50s" equivilent civilization level.

C57D versus "Top Gun" and all that :)

Randy

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TerlObar
March 3, 2015 - 6:32pm
RanulfC wrote:
I always got the impression that SF made a lot more sense if you simply assumed the Frontier got "lucky" and actually managed to have interstellar travel by the time they hit the "50s" equivilent civilization level.

C57D versus "Top Gun" and all that :)

Randy
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Tchklinxa
March 3, 2015 - 7:58pm
Yep that is how I see it...
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."