The Cylons, the machine race that was designed by mankind and later rebelled against it, use a special touch screen called a data-font to interface with their ship's computer and a Cylon intranet called the "datastream." They do this by dipping their hand into a pool of liquid that presumably acts as a conductor for the data.
While we're not quite up to speed with transmitting data to our own bodies by touch, we've already accomplished power transfer without the need to use exposed plugs or connectors. A great example of this is the upcoming Pre phone from Palm. It has a charger called Touchstone that will charge it when it rests on top of the charging block.
March 20, 2009 8:08 AM PDT
Photo by: SCI FI/NBC Universal
| Caption by: Josh Lowensohn
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