Star Trek PADD / iPad
The Personal Access Display Device, or PADD, was found across the universe in Star Trek--a market penetration that Apple’s iPad can only hope to achieve. According to Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, PADDs are built with a “boronite whisker epoxy” that lets them survive drops of up to 35 feet without sustaining damage. Unfortunately, our own iPad didn’t do quite so well.
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