A lot of us have probably heard about people that Star Trek inspired to get into high tech jobs, and even (pre?)invent some of the devices(like communicators) depicted on the TV series. Is there an example (excluding the obvious advances in special effects) of something beneficial to our current average citizen in todays world that was a result of something seen in a Star Wars film?
My first job out of college was an engineer on a Star Wars or SDI project. The project used adaptive optics, which is now used in many ground based telescopes.