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Which of the imagined 23rd-century gadgets from the original "Star Trek" and its movie and TV sequels remain futuristic, and which technologies have already been invented? Try our quiz.

The universal translator, which enabled the Enterprise crew to instantly understand aliens

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Warp drive, which enabled the Enterprise to travel the enormous distances between stars quickly

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

The tricorder, Spock's handheld device for measuring conditions on alien planets

  • Real Tech
  • "Star Trek"

Teleportation, which enabled Captain Kirk to utter his trademark line, "Beam me up, Scotty!"

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Phasers, the powerful rayguns used by the Enterprise to defend itself against hostile forces

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

The holodeck, a room in a starship that actually simulated another physical environment

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Healing rays, which Starfleet doctors used to cure diseases and treat injuries

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Deflector shields, which protected the Federation's starships from attack

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Talking computers that conversed with Starfleet captains in natural language

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Cloaking devices, which hid starships from detection by enemies

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Artificial gravity inside starships

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Androids such as Data from "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Matter-antimatter power generation, which helped propel Federation starships

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Sensors, which allowed the Enterprise crew to detect information about distant worlds before they sent a landing party down to the surface

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Tractor beams, which allowed a spacecraft to capture another smaller craft and pull it closer

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Bioneural circuitry, which allowed starship computers to function like brains rather than machines

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Hyposprays, which allowed Starfleet doctors to give needle-less injections of drugs

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Nanites -- tiny robots that go inside the body to treat a patient

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Fabric body armor (as worn by Klingon fighters)

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"

Interstellar spacecraft (i.e., the Enterprise)

  • Real tech
  • "Star Trek"