Tuesday, April 24, 2012

U is for Universal Translator

It's Day U in the A-Z blogging challenge. Read about it here.

I'm tired of drawing people, how about some high tech trinkets? One of the staples of science fiction has long been the universal translator, or babelfish, as Douglas Adams would call it.

Seems easy enough I suppose, but it's usually a hidden technology in Star Trek, so I took it upon myself to figure out what a prototype would look like.

Also, it makes a great egg timer!
Believe it or not, this took me almost an hour to do. Might have been the longest amount of time I've spent doing any single thing this month. I meant for it to be quick.

17 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well done and thanks for the laugh this morning!

Anna Smith said...

Haha it's a great picture :)

Brinda said...

I love the labelmaker tags on the high tech device. Classic.

Trisha said...

I love it - so glad you got the two most important languages in the world in their own sections. hahaha

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

That would certainly come in handy at the next Star Trek convention I go to, which would also be the first one I go to.

Tonja said...

Why haven't they come up with a real language translator yet. Maybe there's already an app for iPhones?

Stephen Tremp said...

Love the babblefish idea in the Hitchhikers series.

lizy-expat-writer said...
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lizy-expat-writer said...

I bet most of that hour was devoted to carving the switch out of a bar of soap?

S. L. Hennessy said...

LOVE that there are only three categories. Does that mean "everything else" is simply not as important as Klingon?

The Golden Eagle said...

I love the simple design. Seems like it would make things much easier when trying to operate it.


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Andrew Leon said...

That's pretty awesome. I wish I'd had that for my K post!

Jay Noel said...

That's awesome. Very clever. How about one for common sense?

Sherri Lackey said...

The universal translator was a brilliant idea. It was either that or expect that people would believe English is the universal language as some scifi shows still like us to believe.

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

heeheehee! very cute! and of COURSE it took that much time. lots of shading and realism there, man!

Ciara said...

My son will love this one. We swore he spoke Klingon as a child. He also acts like Spock now, so this is perfect for him. :)

Melissa Bradley said...

LMAO! I need one. I love that labels look exactly like they came off an old label maker.