My brain hurts now after reading this but that's pretty awesome.
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I can't wait until we all get to carry around flashlight-sized tractor beams in our pockets.
Yup Paul think about this if you picked up a weight reducing 300 pound object with said flashlight sized tractor beam would it be heavy to you or not, could you throw it or would it flip you over? I bet that's why Dave's brains hurting right now!
Quote, "Or did the tractor beam first appear in the original 1966 Star Trek? Trekkers and/or Trekkies, help us out here."
Yes, tractor beams were first used in the original series... "Space Seed," used to tow Khan's Noonien Singh's ship, "Tomorrow Is Yesterday," Enterprise tried to capture Captain John Christopher's 20th century F-104 Starfighter jet (Bluejay 4), "Doomsday Machine," the doomsday machine kept on tractoring things into its maw... including trying to draw in the Enterprise, "The Immunity Syndrome," Enterprise used it to tow the shuttle craft Spock was on as they escaped the space amoeba... along with various instances of docking shuttle crafts... Pretty much every time a ship was towed or the Enterprise trapped by some invisible force it was a tractor beam...
Original series just never had a visual effect for it until they later digitally remastered it...
Though the explanation of how they worked, along with other Star Trek invented tech ideas, came later and mostly during the STTNG period when people really started taking the concepts as possible and not just entertainment.
In Sci-Fi though, the concept goes back much further... Like "Skylark of Space" (1929) had attractor and repellor beams. So it's a pretty old concept...
This guy...this is the guy. Thanks for the info!
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