1. Personal Communicator (Star Trek)
One of the staples of the sci fi favourite Star Trek was the personal communicator. This device straps to the front of ones clothing to allow easy wireless voice chats between groups of people. In the real world, this device already exists in the form of the Onyx - a small voice communications disc. Furthermore, the smartphones and smart watches that are already present on the market also have much the same functionality.
2. Motion Detection Interface (Minority Report)
One of the most memorable scenes in Minority Report is when Tom Cruise uses a cool motion detecting gesture interface to control a video editing program. While it was futuristic 10 years ago when the film was made, these days the tech to do just this is already on the market. Programs like Kinect and Intel Real Sense are bringing motion detection to the mainstream, and who knows, in a few years, it could become the dominant form of computer control.
3. Hoverboard (Back to the Future 2)
First debuted in Back To The Future 2, where Marty McFly used the strange device to avoid pursuers in a high speed chase, the Hoverboard captured the public’s attention in a unique way. Now a company in the US, Hendo Hover has built a unique magnetic drive which allows them to hover devices over certain surfaces. Using this tech they built and demoed the world’s first ever hoverboard, as part of a Kickstarter campaign.
4. Flying Cars (Various Films)
Another thing the people immediately associate with the future is flying cars. While they may be too expensive for you or me, a company has actually managed to build them. Debuted just days ago, the Aeromobil 3 is the world’s first flying car. It drive both on a standard road with a petrol motor, before reaching a runway, unfolding its wings and flying away much like a light aircraft.
5. Self Driving Cars (iRobot)
In iRobot, set 30 years in the future, almost all cars drive themselves, and indeed driving manually is considered highly dangerous. While this isn’t quite where we are yet, the first self-driving cars are already being produced by companies like Google or Tesla. Despite them only been tech demonstrators, it is likely that in less than a decade, self driving cars will be filling the streets of major cities.
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