It is amazing how Star Trek influenced our life. Even though the inventor of this device says that he needed the device to talk to a French girl, I’m sure that somehow the Star Trek tech influenced his subconsciousness. Remember this episode from the DS9 when Ferengi ended up on pre-worp Earth,where they did not have universal translators yet?
Our faith in Star Trek is unshakable. Today I heard from someone that the government must have developed the ‘beam me up Scotty’ transporter already, because we have Bluetooth. MM eh not sure about that one, but it is the faith that counts.