Why Star Trek Phasers Don't Exist YetAndrew Tarantola1/29/13 3:20pmFiled to: Giz ExplainsWeaponsLasersWarMilitaryFirearmsDirected energy weaponsslacLCLSTop1552EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe 21st century has been a real disappointment so far. Our robot servants top out at mediocre vaccums, self-driving cars are years away (and won't be able to fly even when they do arrive), and we're closer to inventing tricorders than phasers. A tricorder. Who wants a goddamn medical scanner when you could be blasting baddies with awesome handheld lasers?ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.