We may still have a long way to go before we get a warp drive, but we may not have to wait much longer for our very own Star Trek-style phasers.
Scientists at NTT Basic Research Laboratories in Japan have managed to build the world’s first phaser, which is essentially a laser-like emission that works with sound instead of light. Like a laser, but not a laser. Aka a phonon laser. Basically: a phaser.
The technology essentially is able to emit a force via sound waves without the use of a laser, which is a major scientific feat. Scientists working on the project say the leap will make it "much easier to integrate into other applications and devices.”
Though breakthroughs are coming, it might still be a while until we have actual phaser weapons. If anything, the tech will work its way into science and medicine fields first. But one day we’ll hopefully get to shoot some rogue Klingons.
No word on whether they’ve developed a “stun” function yet.