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'The Next Generation' Star

'Star Trek' INVENTED

The iPad

10/4/2012 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" star Brent Spiner (who played android Lieutenant Commander Data) says Steve Jobs was a DIRTY COPYCAT ... who stole the idea for the iPad from "Star Trek" producers ... 23 years AFTER they invented it.

Spiner was leaving a supermarket in L.A. when we asked about the influence of "Star Trek" on modern technology -- and he replied, "We invented everything!"

Spiner pointed out Captain Picard's iPad-like device called the "PADD," but says the intellectual thievery didn't stop there -- claiming "Star Trek" creators also masterminded the flip phone, blue tooth, and TELEPORTATION.



Of course, Apple hasn't perfected teleportation ... yet.

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IceGypsy    

That's hilarious! Too funny....come on Apple, where's my iport lol

563 days ago
17.

Jay    

Star Trek created with the concept....Steve Jobs created the actual device.

563 days ago
18.

Confused    

The guy is an actor. Enough said.

563 days ago
19.

Ace    

NOBODY saw the Internet coming!

563 days ago
20.

Eric    

I agree!

562 days ago
21.

X    

In the 1968 movie "2001: A Space Odyssey " they used iPad like devices in a few scenes.

562 days ago
22.

Northerner    

Brent is right, Star Trek invented a LOT of stuff we have today. cell phones being the number one item, and yes the iPad, Med Lab scanners, communicators, hypo-sprays, but im still waiting on phasers and transporters!

562 days ago
23.

RandomTandem    

If you watch star trek tng, you will know that what they have are Kindles not iPads lol

562 days ago
24.

Bitchmaster    

I hope Woody Allen doesn't sue the inventor of the Orgasmatron ***ming soon.

562 days ago
25.

dyls_E    

things like this do cross my mind when apple is sueing everyone haha. I think a lot of people are tricked by marketing into thinking devices are ground breaking, when they are really just pretty basic.

562 days ago
26.

Jay    

Good job Brent, Apple is going to see this video and sue whom ever owns the Star Trek rights and Gene Roddenberry`s estate for patent infringement.... Way to go!

562 days ago
27.

NAC    

True enough about the Flip Phone: the original manufacturers admitted as much back in the late 1970s-early 80s when they first released the piece [push button, analog land line.] Te pad, however, was already in early theoretical stages at the time of "Next Generation"; just needed for the technological developments [screens, network, etc.] to catch up.

562 days ago
28.

peachpie    

wow... i totes this was Mel Gibson!!

562 days ago
29.

acuseme    

I wouldn't call it being stolen, it's more like they made it come true.

562 days ago
30.

Aramis    

Spiner should read up on sci-fi cinema. A lot of the ideas and gadgets seen in the "Star Trek" series were
first introduced in MGM's cult classic FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)

562 days ago
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