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The road between today's tech and the tomorrows of SF runs both ways: today's tech inspires what you see on screen, and what you see on screen often inspires tech. Martin Cooper, the Motorola engineer who created the first handheld phone, was inspired by Star Trek's Tricorder. So it's fitting to see one of the best folding phones in the latest Star Trek series, Star Trek: Picard.
As the eagle-eyed team at 9to5Google spotted in Season 2 episode 2, Dr. Agnes Jurati taps away at her PADD tablet – something we've seen many times since it debuted in the mid-eighties Star Trek: TNG. But what's that next to it? The props team have tried to disguise it with a case to make it more futuristic, but there's no disguising the tell-tale crease of a foldable Samsung phone.