6 Real Sci-Fi Gadgets: The Future...Today!

Science Fiction sometimes comes up with remarkable ideas for devices which would make our lives easier. Or, at the very least, much cooler. Until we get a faster than light drive or a light saber, the following will have to do. Read on, and enjoy the future of fantasy today.

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T.I.E. Fighters

As cool as the X-Wing fighters were in the Star Wars films, the Empire's vehicle of choice, the T.I.E. Fighter, was the ship I loved the most. T.I.E. stands for "Twin Ion Engine". Today, there are several spacecraft that use an ion engine, including the European Space Agency's SMART-1. This craft is a solar orbitor and the ion engine uses charged ions in order to generate thrust.

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