The technology we use today had been imagined by science fiction creationists decades ago. Let's go back in the past for a glimpse of the present.
The replicator was a machine that could recycle and create objects, even food. Anjan Contractor, a mechanical engineer has been roped in by NASA to develop a printer that can print food for astronauts.
Aboard Dominion warships, the virtual display device enabled the wearer to see around the spaceship by turning his head. The Google Glass project, enabled the wearer to do something similar by simply swiping and tapping on the frame.
C3PO, famous for its social intelligence and sarcasm, is quite an inspiration. Autonomous Shipboard Humanoid (ASH) is a robot being developed at Virginia Tech to extinguish naval fires, climb ladders, navigate through smoke filled corridors and react to human gestures.
In the 1990 movie, Arnold jumps into a driverless cab, driven by a robot named Johnny. What seemed like an exaggeration then has become reality now. According to Boston Consulting Group, the driverless car market is expected to reach $42 billion by 2025.
Video calling, smart kitchen appliances and smart clothing such as Martin Junior’s talking jacket aren't just entertainment anymore. Today, Lumo Run shorts can monitor your stride and send real time feedback through your headphones.
Tesco installed face scanning gear at its petrol stations to target people with advertisements. Also, a patent by Apple hints at the probable use of facial recognition software in its phones.
Apple, known for its innovation and design, is certainly not the lone wolf when it comes to imagination. 2001, a 1968 film directed by Stanley Kubrick had newspads, where the reader could watch news on a rectangular device.
A science fiction novel by Edward Bellamy, first published in 1888, tells the story of a young man who falls into a hypnotic sleep and wakes up in the future where cards are being used as money.
An American cartoon series in the 60s, the Jetson family was as high tech as any Silicon Valley smart home today is. Set in the future, the Jetson family used video calls regularly to chat and even had a robot maid!
What was it, after all, but just a flip phone used by Captain Kirk. The flip-phones are a thing of the past, but there are rumours that Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, is planning to re-launch Moto Razr this summer.