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    Look! Iran's new long range mega weapon doo-dad...







    ...is a Gerry Anderson UFO Interceptor!











    What other crazy real life techo-ideas have sprung from Film and TV?

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    Star Trek communicator:







    The Modern Mobile Phone:




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    I recall an episode of Thunderbirds in which Brains had a small wristwatch like device which contained a TV screen. He could use this to wirelessly talk to people and see them, wherever they happened to be in the world. At the time the idea was pure science fiction. Of course we would now think of Brains' device as essentially a basic mobile phone. (The device shown by Gogglebox probably had a similar function to that used by Brains).

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    name='ILoveThe70s' timestamp='1282603309' post='467533']

    I recall an episode of Thunderbirds in which Brains had a small wristwatch like device which contained a TV screen. He could use this to wirelessly talk to people and see them, wherever they happened to be in the world. At the time the idea was pure science fiction. Of course we would now think of Brains' device as essentially a basic mobile phone. (The device shown by Gogglebox probably had a similar function to that used by Brains).
    Dick Tracy always had a 2-way wrist communicator which showed a TV picture, and that was in the 1930s.





    They do exist as real devices nowadays, but aren't very common or hugely popular







    Now, what about that hover board used in Back to the Future or by The Silver Surfer ?



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    Dick Tracy's watch was a radio communicator in the 1930s and the television was introduced in 1964.

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    Star Trek also introduced computer "discs" usually blue squares with enormous data storage capacity.

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    Did Star Trek also introduce the automatic sliding door?

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    Did Star Trek also introduce the automatic sliding door?


    Afraid not. Horton Automatics developed and sold the first automatic sliding door in America in 1960. That's four years before the first ST pilot.



    I'm not sure ST even had the first fictional automatic sliding door - can anyone remeber sliding doors in Flash Gordon or Metropolis?

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    Thanks Graeme, It will be interesting to know if any movie tech predates 1960.



    Technology hasn't quite caught up yet but it's getting close with this comparison:



    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JMvs5f0Mks[/media]



    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVK_e-rGnaA[/media]



    I had one of these I-Cybies, the battery lasted about 20 minutes and its leg eventually fell off.



    Sony's Aibo is better but much pricier:



    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIraWI3ZM8Y[/media]

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