Technology from Movies Brought to Life

A movie that is set sometime in the future always needs something to help prove that it is futuristic. More often than not, this proof comes in the form of a piece of technology that is written into the script. Whether it be a piece of tech that the hero uses throughout their quest. Whether it be tech the villain uses to stop them. Or whether it just be a prop. Futuristic movies are inundated with futuristic tech. And now, real life is inundated with this same futuristic tech! Below you can find a few instances where the futuristic tech found in movies has crept into real, everyday life


A movie that is set sometime in the future always needs something to help prove that it is futuristic. More often than not, this proof comes in the form of a piece of technology that is written into the script. Whether it be a piece of tech that the hero uses throughout their quest. Whether it be tech the villain uses to stop them. Or whether it just be a prop. Futuristic movies are inundated with futuristic tech. And now, real life is inundated with this same futuristic tech! Below you can find a few instances where the futuristic tech found in movies has crept into real, everyday life.

Tablets

In Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was released in 1968, tablets appear! And no, this doesn’t mean pharmaceutical tablets such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. No, this means computer tablets, such as the iPad and the Galaxy Tab! In 1968, the year in which Space Odyssey was released, the first PC was mass-marketed by HP. This meant that the most up-to-date computer tech of that time comprised of the HP 9100A (which, in truth, looked more like a typewriter than a computer). This also meant that society was a far-cry away from using tablets, and that the usage of them in Kubrick’s movie was only to convey a sense of the future. But now they are a staple of modern day life. In fact, they are probably the go-to technology when it comes to computer tech. So kudos, Mr. Kubrick, for kind-of inventing them.

Spy Technology

You’ve probably seen spy technology being used in movies countless of times. From the James Bond movies to the Mission: Impossible franchise to Spy Kids, there are loads of movies that comprise of the usage of spy tech. But now, life comprises of the usage of spy tech too. There are a whole host of battery operated, remote covert camera technologies out there that offer surveillance options. And, like in the movies, they can now be found (or not found) discreetly hidden in everyday household appliances. They can be found in digital clocks. They can be found in phone charging docks. And they can even be found in smoke detectors. And the footage that is recorded can even be viewed in realtime on a person’s smartphone.

Hoverboards

Although hoverboards aren’t necessarily a necessity in most walks of everyday life, they’re still a real thing. Yes, hoverboards aren’t just a piece of tech that is only used in films such as Back to the Future. Now, they are used by children and adults alike across the developed world as a pastime. But they is all they are, a pastime. It’s unlikely that they will be used — anytime soon, at least — as a genuine mode of transport. But this wasn’t the only tech that was predicted for the future in the BttF movie series. There are a whole host of things in the movies that actually came true. These include wireless video games (that baby Elijah Wood seemingly can’t live without), video conferencing and wall-mounted televisions.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is a stalwart of modern day gaming as it allow games to explore their games like never before. All the gaming industry giants have released something in the VR sector, such as Sony who have released the Playstation VR. But VR isn’t just technology that has sprung up out of nowhere. No, VR has been twined with the science fiction genre of movies and TV shows for as long as the genre has been around. In Star Trek — one of the most famous TV shows of the genre — virtual reality was alive in the form of the holodeck.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence, like virtual reality, has long been associated with the science fiction genre. I, Robot, The Matrix and — of course — A.I. Artificial Intelligence are all movies based around it. But, as is the theme here, AI is not just pigeonholed to fiction. Many of today’s giant companies have released AI tech. Amazon is one such company, and the piece of tech that it has recently released is the Echo. This device can provide real time information and feedback to whomever uses it through voice interaction — just like what the AI found in movies generally do. The Echo has proved to be a big hit with consumers. This means that AI has not only crept into real life, but it has also crept into everyday life too.

Not only are futuristic pieces of technology helping the heroes of movies succeed in their quest, but they are now also helping everyday folk get on with their day-to-day lives. In this case you could say that life imitates art, rather than it being the other way around. You could even say that the future is now. But why don’t we stop talking about this futuristic tech, and just start using and enjoying it! [right-post]
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