Star Trek-style transporter comes closer to reality


German scientists have invented a Star Trek-style transporter that can scan an object and ‘beam’ it to another location. The new machine scans a physical object, destroys it in the process, transmits it over the internet and re-builds it using a 3D printer in a new location. Since it is effectively an early prototype for a Star Trek teleportation machine its creators have named it “Scotty” after the chief engineer on the Starship Enterprise, who Captain Kirk was regularly seen to order: “beam me up”.



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