See there’s a reason why you should be watching sci-fi, and no it’s not just because of laser guns (although laser guns should be enough, I mean come on people, intergalactic laser fights!). The reason you should be watching sci-fi films is that they’ve inspired people to invent cool new things (no, not all of them are useless) that wouldn’t have even been in the realm of imagination if it weren’t for these movies.
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Yes, all of these things were invented because some little geek watching too much Star Trek (or Star Wars, or Battlestar Galactica, or even Harry Potter for that matter) had an epiphany and figured that we could benefit from having this imaginary thing in the real world and sat his brainy butt down and invented it.
1. Automatic Sliding Doors
First there were doors. Doors that you had to push to go in and pull to go out (or is it the other way round?). It got a little more complicated, with people pushing shopping carts like maniacs in the supermarkets, and greasy kids fingers touching doorknobs. It was obvious, that plain old doors weren’t fit for purpose. Enter Star Trek.
See, Captain Kirk neither has to pull nor push any doors around the Enterprise. The doors see Kirk, and they slide open. This makes the Enterprise a very hygienic place to live in, which leaves the crew to do their exploring without having to worry about germs.
2. Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak
Ok sure, Harry Potter is no sci-fi, but there was a flying car, and the Marauder’s Map was sort of like a GPS so Harry Potter is kind of like sci-fi (even though it is fantasy).
Now, as we all know, Harry had an invisibility cloak, it was what he and his friends used in order to sneak into the library (these kids seriously need to sort out their priorities), and it has long been the dream of every Potterhead to have an invisibility cloak.
Luckily for us, there was probably at least one Potterhead in the Rochester University team that invented an invisibility cloak. The Rochester cloak as it is called uses ordinary lenses to hide objects. However, it still remains to be developed into a wearable piece of clothing. Once it is available in the shops, there is going to be a whole new wave fo mischief, shenanigans and crime I imagine.
3. Holographic Communicators
‘Help me Obi Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope’
Poor R2D2 had to cross the deserts of Tatooine to deliver Princess Leia’s message to Obi-Wan. And though back in 1977, when A New Hope was released, holograms might have seemed like a crazy farfetched idea, today it’s a real a thing. Scientists hope that eventually holograms will be common place and that anyone with a smartphone will be able to use one.
So yeah, in the not so far future (I hope), there will be an app that will enable you to re-enact this iconic Star Wars moment.
In Back to the Future II Marty McFly traveled forward in time to the year was 2015 where the world was much more advanced than it actually is. Even though we still haven’t had a single reported sighting, we are happy that the hoverboard was invented in time for Marty to be able to use it if he does turn up.
Could you imagine your life without your phone? No? Well, neither could the crew of the Enterprise, they couldn’t leave the ship without them. What’s the worst that could happen on an alien planet? Be eaten by aliens? Well, yes maybe, at least for poor crewmen wearing red uniforms! In Kirk’s case, however, the problem was usually good-looking women trying to lure him into their cave. Not that he resisted much.
But anyhow, Motorola’s director of research and development has admitted that he got the idea for mobile phones from Star Trek, so really, if you think about it, we have the crew of the Enterprise to thank for smartphones. See, I knew there was a reason for my Spock obsession.
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It just remains to be seen whether we’ll all be saying: ‘Beam me up Scottie’ anytime soon. I just hope that by then we’ll be able to teleport to other planets as well.
Do you know of any other inventions inspired by Sci-fi films? Let us know in the comment section below.