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‘Star Trek: Picard’ features a time-traveling Samsung Galaxy Z Fold

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For decades, Star Trek has been shaping the future of consumer technology. We have smartphones and voice assistants because devices in the universe like the Tricorder inspired engineers at Apple, Google and other companies to mimic those technologies in the real world. And the circle is now complete, showing how much technology has come since then The original series debuted in 1966.


If you like the new season of , you may have noticed that one of the characters uses a curious prop in episode two. Spotted in a clip by you can dr. Jurati from Alison Pill tapping what appears to be one of Fold 3. The tablet is encased in a case to hide its distinctly 21st century origins, but if you look closely you can see the telltale fold in the screen that develops on all foldable devices from Samsung.

See a modern smartphone appear in Star Trek: Picard is funny in its own right, but what makes this cameo even more anachronistic is that by the 25th century of Star Trek, Dr. Jurati has access to technologies such as holographic displays. With part of season two set in 2024, we could see more contemporary gadgets coming into the show.

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