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Three Sci-Fi Gadgets from Movies that Have Become Reality

 

When you are watching a Sci-Fi, adventure or futuristic movie, the characters are probably using some kind of amazing device that makes you think “I want one!” Fortunately, in many cases, all you have to do is wait awhile and voila — the Sci-Fi gadget shows up on store shelves. For example, check out the following devices from movies that you can now buy for your very own:

Voice-controlled Computers

In “Alien,” the voice-controlled computers were about as cool as the creepy alien special effects. While audiences back then might have wondered if we would ever get computers that would obey our every command, you can now own at least a couple examples of computers that respond to your voice. For example, the recently-released Samsung Galaxy S8 features a voice-powered digital assistant called Bixby. Bixby is an intelligent interface that learns the more you use it; the natural voice interaction software connects to the Galaxy S8 and other compatible smart devices. Another example of a voice-controlled computer is the Amazon Tap, an Alexa-enabled portable Bluetooth speaker; simply tap on the device and ask it to play the music you want to hear, or enable a hands-free mode and call out your song requests from across the room. You can ask Alexa to order you a pizza, tell you what the weather will be like tomorrow or fill you in on the latest news.

Sci-Fi gadgetDrones with Cameras Attached

From the time drones hit the market, it seems like photography buffs were looking for a way to combine the flying device with a camera. Now, as Consumer Reports notes, a combination of more affordable prices and technological innovations are making drones with attached cameras a reality for many people. An example is the Zero Tech Dobby; priced at $399, the rotors are designed to fold into the frame, so users can tuck it in their pocket between flights. Believe it or not, this type of technology appeared in the popular 1989 movie “Back to the Future Part II” when a criminal who was under arrest was videotaped by a flying drone. While most people use the Zero Tech Dobby to get fun selfies shots of themselves and their friends — as opposed to shooting “hard news” or serious film footage, the idea of having a drone that tracks movements from above is an idea that’s been in place for decades.

Air Touch Technology

In the 2002 movie “Minority Report,” Tom Cruise maneuvered things on huge screens simply by waving his hands around. Fast forward 15 years, and you can now do pretty much the same thing with something called the AirBar. As The Next Web notes, AirBar is a small magnetic strip that plugs into the USB port on your PC or MacBook Air, and turns non-touch displays into gesture and touch-friendly screens. The AirBar works by emitting a bunch of invisible lights over the front of the computer screen that can sense the movement and touch of your fingers and even a paintbrush. You can now channel your inner Tom Cruise and stand in front of your computer to scroll, zoom, swipe and more. Two other things that are especially cool about the AirBar — you don’t need any other software for it to work, and when you stand in front of your computer gesturing away, you shouldn’t notice any lag in performance.


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