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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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31.

isaiah    

you mean he took a concept and made it into a reality?

757 days ago
32.

Jordy LaForgery    

He was looking at a mirror, they do have mirrors in the 25th century. What's next, Star Trek invented pointy sideburns?

757 days ago
33.

Purple Label    

Brent Spiner is wrong. The Movie DUNE from Universal Studios with Kyle MacLachlan has the first version of what now is the IPAD. Brent is right Apple stole everything else as well as paying folks a couple of nickels an hour while storing their billions outside of the United States.

Wake up people stop buying this crap

757 days ago
34.

wendyjude    

I laughed at the story title, but he could be right. Gotta cut this short cause I'm headed to Best Buy to pick up my new teleporting machine.

757 days ago
35.

Mayu    

Apple has too perfected teleportation. If you use their map app... it will teleport you from the road into the water.

757 days ago
36.

What the?!?    

It doesn't matter if things appeared in other movies or TV series first. Fact is the inventors of many of these products state that it was Trek that inspired them. Music downloading, medical equipment, cordless phones, cell phones and on the list go were inspired by Trek.

Personally, it's the replicator and holodeck that I'm waiting for.

756 days ago
37.

SoWhat    

A lot of things used today were stolen from the original Star Trek as well as the follow up series and a few other well known sci-fi series. Now all the networks are trying to kill off all sci-fi shows. The guys working on those shows have more imagination and ability to affect some great future innovations and truly get the kids now to think and grow but instead of getting more intelligent sci-fi shows like Star Trek TNG or Stargate on the air it's being replaced with all kinds of garbage like Jersey Shore and Honey Boo Boo.

756 days ago
38.

Gabeisexy    

the idea of the tablet pc is older than star trek the next generation, the ipad is not original, yes innovative 'cause it made the tablet pc real and in the hands of many people, but did bill gates and company got credit for pushing the idea 12 years ago? did stylus computing inventors in the 20th century got any credit? no .... people only see the surface but never bothered looking at the past and where it came from ....

756 days ago
39.

Tracy    

Cute, just one small problem...those things didn't actually function.

756 days ago
40.

Jeremy    

Wasn't the idea of the ipad first in 2001: A Space Odyssey which was in like 1968? If you go back and watch, they definitely had ipads.

756 days ago
41.

bigjohnbutler    

LOOKS LIKE THE CAPTAIN IS USING HIS FLESHLIGHT ATTACHMENT TO HIS iPAD

756 days ago
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