Fascinating.

Some of the most original thought about accessible technology comes from science fiction. (If you’ve never read two exceptional SF stories that have somewhat opposing views on high tech and people with disabilities–Spider Robinson’s “Involuntary Man’s Laughter” and John Varley’s “The Persistence of Vision”–put down this blog immediately and hightail it to your local library.) Star Trek in particular has been inspirational for actual product development, especially now that medical probes are becoming a reality. Handheld devices for analyzing blood or performing noninvasive surgery will not only facilitate treatment for patients with mobility disabilities who would find it difficult to access exam tables or other bulky equipment; we’d like to think they’d open possibilities for talented medical personnel with some types of dexterity impairments.

SFGate: Some ‘Star Trek’ gadgets no longer futuristic

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