Okay, scientists are so brilliant. They can think of some cool inventions to solve the current problem. They know how to go to the moon. But, it does not mean that they can do everything alone without anyone shows something to inspire them. In fact, many science fiction filmmakers and authors have a ridiculous idea that our scientists can develop it into the real inventions for human as below.
10. Motorola And Their Flip Phone
It is hard to remember the first time we did not know cell phones. By the time, it is getting sleeker and more convenient. Back in 1996, Motorola showed their best effort to improve the cell phone industry. What they did was offering the flip phone to the StarTAC. This phone was a small and stylish alternative compared to other cell phones.
This offer was a huge improvement from the existing technology. The director of research and development from Motorola, Martin Cooper explained that the goal for this first mobile phone they released in the 1970s was to create a similar design to the phones on the Star Trek.
9. The Taser
Police used Tasers to incapacitate any criminal offenders. The concept was from Jules Verne. Verne proposed the idea in the 1700s as the wireless projectile shotgun bullet and it was something out of the science fiction.
The inventor of the Taser was Jack Cover. He got the inspiration from the science fiction stories produced by Stratemeyer Syndicate, a company who published many books for young adults. Their books contained stories with some inventions that became reality like the modern fax machine, the photo telephone, and others.
It took many years for the scientists to make tablet became the real invention. It was from Star Trek with the thing they called PADDS, means Personal Access Display Devices. Thankfully, this idea made us able to use the tablet computer today.
The story began when Matt Jefferies, the art director of the show, created a tablet like the PADDS. He did a little improvisation due to the small budget in his department.
7. Universal Translator
Today, you can use your Smartphone and access the right app, or perhaps Google Translate to start a conversation with a stranger in your country. Nevertheless, it took a lot of years to find this discovery to become real. It was in 1945, a popular novel called the First Contact from Murray Leinser was so booming. Long after that, Star Trek included their device and Douglas Adams included the universal translator.
Later in 2014, The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, launched the Skype Translator at the Code Conference. Skype Translator can cover many languages.
6. Holographic Communicators
The Star Wars series inspired the scientists and the research of new technology such as lightsabers, warp drivers, and others. Eventually, the series inspired scientists to create everyday gadgets. For example, they created holographic communicators.
Besides, Ostendo Technologies Inc. has worked for a tiny projector. They could place the projector on tablets, TVs, mobile phones, and others. The technology allowed scientists to send holographic communications as you could see in Star Wars.
5. Cleaning Robots
In science fiction, programming robots to complete chores are not something strange. In fact, for centuries, people have imagined how someone else could do their housework. Fortunately, the robots to clean your house are not so exclusive to The Jetsons.
iRobot, the company in Massachusetts presented the vacuum cleaners to their customers in 2002. This device could reduce the effort to clean the house. Besides, the cleaning robot came out with the scheduling system.
4. Floppy Disks and USB Drives
Okay, it seems that now, no one uses floppy disks anymore. But, do you know how does this thing come out?
Star Trek played a big role in this digital portable storage. It was about inserting small and square disks to the computer console to save any information. Even though it was not as small and convenient as the fictional option, the floppy disk with its 3.5-inch was so popular in the 1980s.
Star Trek: The Next Generation did more in the ‘90s. They showed their fictional technology with the presence of chips that save several gigabytes of data. We call it as USB drives now.
30 years after the concept launched on Star Trek back in 1995, the United States argued that the Global Positioning System was the functional concept. At that time, America also launched about 27 satellites to orbit earth to test. Since then, GPS technology has been developing.
Today, the GPS technology in a cell phone can even offer common tasks such as locating the travel destinations, helping stores figuring the patterns about how customers move. It was because of an author named Arthur C. Clarke. He did some inspirational writings in 1956.
2. The Diagnostic Bed
If you visit at one British hospital, you just have to lie on a bed and get the exact diagnostic. The bed can test your health from stomach viruses and even cancer. The machine offers amazing equipment such as parts of probes for Mars missions. If you look at its technology, it was as great as a bed in Star Trek that belonged to Dr. McCoy. Unlike the invention, if you are using a diagnostic bed, you still need help to hook up to equipment.
1. The Earbud
Ray Bradbury had a classic prediction that society would be so addicted to entertainment and media. Just like television, and seashells which are earbuds, people would use it to find information. The devices allowed people to enjoy sounds, music, or even talk shows. He published the story in 1953. Also, his book talked about some forms of technology that are so common today. For example, how technology addition could affect the characters in Bradbury’s dystopia. At a glance, people started using earbuds.