With the likes of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and flexible smartphone displays coming to the fore, it is often wondered how manufacturers come up with its innovative technology.
Do technicians sit in labs for months at a time dreaming things up? Or does a computer print out a list of possible inventions to create? Unfortunately the answer is no.
The future of science and technology actually lies in the unlikeliest of places – Hollywood. The established gadgets and gizmos of today were originally conceived and predicted on the silver screen.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – iPad and Siri
Man hadn’t yet walked on the moon when this sci-fi classic was released, but Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke managed to accurately predict a lot of the tech we use today.
Long before Apple graced us with its inventions, those onboard the spaceship Discovery were reading the news on iPad-style tablets, and conversing with HAL 9000 much like we do with Siri.
Back to the Future II (1989) – Google Glass
Time-travelling Marty McFly gave everyone in 1989 a demo of what the future would look like, in the second instalment of the Back to the Future trilogy.
Donning a computerised headset, the film was surely a sign of things to come, and the blueprint for the wearable Google Glass technology launched this year.
Minority Report (2002) – Touch Interface
The Tom Cruise thriller is set in the year 2054 and sees a world where occurrences are foreknown. Although we haven’t quite reached this stage in 2013, the sci-fi film does predict technological elements we have since seen and now consider the norm.
What does the future hold?
For all we know, the future could see every household equipped with its very own J.A.R.V.I.S home computing system, with a DeLorean the vehicle of choice to get to every destination in any year. The sky meanwhile, could be filled with Imperial Star Destroyers – but only time will tell…