Apple Keeps Taking Their Best Ideas from Star Trek

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 27, 2010 in Star Trek, Tech |

Apple logo as antenna

Apple has just filed a patent to make their logo on mobile devices double as an antenna — but what surprised me about this concept is that it’s taken directly from the Starfleet communicator badge that’s been around since Star Trek: The Next Generation in the 80s. I’m frankly surprised that Apple’s competition isn’t mining old sci fi series for other product development ideas like visors for the blind and holodeck theme parks. To be fair Apple is in a unique position to exploit these ideas because they really do a great job of combining hardware and software to create “magical devices”.

Starfleet Communicator Badge

Above: The Starfleet communicator badge from christies.com.

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