Today, there are a lot of projects and companies from private companies and hobbyists that have taken advantage of latest technologies and talent to make things happen. In this blog post I would be sharing some of those cool products showcased in the past in science-fiction TV series, which are now a reality.
1) Tablet computers shown in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, are now ubiquitous, thanks to Apple’s iPads and various other brands that have made Tablet computers a phenomenon around the world. Today Tablet computers are used across places, be it for education, brand feedback or for entertainment purposes.
2) In the Jetsons, one got to witness driverless and flying cars. Now we have driverless cars being regularly on trials across roads. And soon flying taxis as well, with drones looking to ferry passengers being tested by companies like Boeing and at cities like Dubai.
3) Again on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, a holodeck was built to create virtual reality experiences for its participants. Today virtual reality headsets are becoming increasingly popularly, with these headsets being used for gaming, training, learning and development and even in the maintenance of equipment.
Here are some more that were showcased on movies, and which are now a reality.
4) Wearable Computing – Back to the Future II (1989)
5) Skype – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
6) Touch Interface – Minority Report (2002)
7) Robot Assisted Surgery – Sleeper (1973)
8) Smartphones/PDAs – Star Trek: The Original Series (1966)
9) 3D Printing at Home – Weird Science (1985)
10) Siri – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Check out these and more on this Gizmodo article. Many of these projects would not have been a reality had it not been for the generous support and funding of innovators in their research and development efforts.