How many times have you told your friends you wish you could teleport? All you’d have to do is press a button and your body would fly through time and space, and end up in a completely different country. Or planet. Better yet, it could transport us into a virtual world where everything and anything is possible. There are no rules. This theory of virtual reality was common in movies like The Matrix and Surrogates.Characters in these movies plug their bodies into outlandish, complex chairs that connect their bodies and minds to a reality other than ours. In other movies, like Hackers, the characters put headsets over their eyes and enter a virtual world. While it may have seemed like a farfetched idea, Samsung recently released its billion-dollar virtual reality headset. Oculus Rift replicates real-life places and sends the wearer anywhere in the world. If you’ve always dreamed of visiting Tokyo or riding a rollercoaster in a foreign country, now is your chance. Your dreams just became your (virtual) reality (Oculus).
Star Trek Could Have Given A Glimpse At The Future Of Invisibility
In Star Trek, enemy vessels become invisible to Federation tracking technology. To accomplish this, radar signals bounce off the B2’s hull in different directions, deeming them impossible to track down by hostile forces. You’re probably thinking about all those times in high school when you embarrassed yourself in front of your crush. In those moments, we needed an invisible cloak. This technology is not far from becoming our reality, with the upcoming billion-dollar B-21 planes. These planes have signal-absorbent materials and lower heat signatures that nearly replicate those seen in Star Trek. We may see those bat-shaped B2 Spirit stealth bombers flying across our skies in a matter of time. Should we worry? (The Richest)
The cosmic fantasy world of Star Wars had more influence on technology than on scientists themselves. That says a lot. In the opening sequence of the first ever Star Wars in 1977, a holograph of Princess Leia inserted a device of military secrets into the R2D2 android. Wait, did we say holograph? That’s a far-fetched idea for a movie from the 1970s, but it seems that Star Wars was onto something. Almost as influential as Star Trek, these movies helped influence the billion-dollar idea of holographic projections. In the 1970s, holographic technology was still in a primitive two-dimensional phase, but by 2012, we saw a holographic projection of Tupac Shakur at Coachella. Following the event, we saw holographic concerts with Whitney Houston and ABBA. Even though it’s 2023, we still have a long way to go, although, by the looks of things, it might not be much longer until a holograph version of your grandmother is standing in your kitchen baking cookies (The Richest)
When it comes to space battles in movies, it’s all about the “pew pew” of laser weapons. From Battlestar Galactica to Ender’s Game, these energy weapons have been a staple in science fiction. But it’s not just in movies, the US Navy is now working on technology to make these energy weapons a reality. They are working on developing lasers that are more powerful and precise to attack and destroy missiles, aircrafts, drones, and other airborne objects that pose a threat. It’s not something that will be available to the average person, but it’s exciting to see that this technology is on its way to becoming a reality. The Navy hopes to release these lasers within a year, so get ready for some real-life space battles (Business Insider).
From bulky to barely noticeable, the evolution of earphones has been tremendous. What started as large earphones draping your head and adding another layer to your skull has become a small piece of technology barely noticeable in our ears. But the billion-dollar idea of Apple’s AirPods dates back to the 1960s, from the movie Fahrenheit 451. In the story, since the movie is based on a book, earbuds looked horrendous but quite useful. Character Montag described the earbuds as looking like a “seashell radio,” since the earbuds were way beyond the technology of their time. Now, AirPods have a projected market value of $15.8 billion. You can thank Fahrenheit 451 for your ability to have music on the go (Cram).
How Iron Man’s Interactive Computer Redefined Tech Interaction
Iron Man’s interactive computer, J.A.R.V.I.S, is the stuff of tech-lovers’ dreams. The advanced interface seen in Iron Man 2 gave us a glimpse of what technology could become. The computer in the movie is able to handle all internal systems in the building and the Iron Man suits using natural language processing, reinforcement learning, speech recognition, and face recognition. It’s like Siri on steroids. A similar technology is also seen in Minority Report, where the protagonist uses activated computer screens. This idea was not only limited to movies, it was also applied in gaming systems like the Nintendo Wii and Xbox Kinect. Both of these gaming systems use sensor bars that pick up on the user’s movements and apply them to the game. The interactive computer technology seen in these movies became a billion-dollar idea and changed the way we interact with technology (YouTube).