Chillopedia | It’s hard to determine the full effect the original Star Trek had on technology. Back when the show first ran, the phasers, tricorders, and communicators were nothing more than science fiction, nowhere near as real as cars, telephones, and other aspects of daily life. So many of the products used in the 1960s have gone out of style or are being rendered obsolete. If an item was lucky it became a collectible, or like vintage Ford Mustang parts, prized among a selective group of individuals. But where’s the made-up equipment of the Star Trek universe? It’s all around us.