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?

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    This hasn't helped: dailytech.com/… – Ashterothi Feb 29 '12 at 23:15
  • What I mean is, unlike ST, Lucas' team get sue happy when anyone does anything even tangential to "his" stuff. – Ashterothi Feb 29 '12 at 23:19
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    @MajorStackings - does "Spaceballs" count as "beneficial"? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Mar 1 '12 at 0:24
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    Well, not yet.. but as soon as the Kickstarter for my Death Star gets funded... – K-H-W Mar 1 '12 at 2:23
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    Let's not forget the Dykstraflex Camera and THX Digital Sound. Both arising from the tech base for the series' production. – aramis Mar 2 '12 at 1:15

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.

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    That's kind of a stretch. Star Wars was a nick name for the project, but if you can make a good case by explaining how the movie shakes hands with the adaptive optics used in the SDI (beyond the fact the project borrowed the movies name), I would accept it. – Major Stackings Mar 1 '12 at 1:36
  • Most of the examples quoted in the tv show "How William Shatner Changed the World" which was given as the main example in your question, were I watched on the the Star Trek Series and decided to go into a high tech field. We decided to build a Death Star. As to the impact of the Program, some historians credit it with ending the Cold War and Soviet Union. – mhoran_psprep Mar 1 '12 at 11:12
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    @mhoran_psprep - the question isn't the impact of SDI, it's what specific inspiration for the idea came from "Star Wars" movie other than the program's nickname. Certainly, the idea of space based weapons wasn't first raised by Lucas – DVK-on-Ahch-To Mar 1 '12 at 11:35

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