star trek tablet

There's a lot to remember when flying through space, which is why "Star Trek" used a PADD. The "Personal Access Display Device" was computer notebook of sorts.

This tech is almost identical to the dozens of computer tablets like the iPad and Microsoft Surface that people use today.

While today's iPads are a bit more thin and sleek than the "Star Trek" counterparts, PADD looks to have been a huge influence on today's tablet world.

First published February 27, 2015: 2:59 PM ET

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