Talking cars, Jedi mind tricks, household robots…these are just a few of the futuristic capabilities and technologies that captivated us children of the 80s. Well, brush off your Members Only jacket and parachute pants ‘cause 80s film and cinema technology is about to “like totally” make its grand debut in the real world:
- Talking cars (The “Hoff” not included). Hard to imagine a car as cool as KITT, but yours may soon be telling you to “fill up” and other tasks, thanks to a partnership with SAP, Toyota and VeriFone.
- Humanoid Robots. Ever wish you had a robot like Rosie on the Jetsons? Google will soon sell robots that can walk, drive a car and more.
- Jedi Mind Tricks (don’t say you haven’t tried it!). A company named Emotiv has created headpiece that allows people to move objects by scanning their brain signals.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty. According to a fellow at Stanford University, much of the technology we have seen in Star Trek, from the 60’s through the 80’s, has materialized – from sharing holographic messages, to real life “tricorders” and “replicators.” Next up… quantum teleportation.
- Americans can’t live without their cell phones. Good thing we aren’t still carrying around those five-pound, early prototype cell phones from the late 80’s, as a Bank of America survey found that nearly half of Americans wouldn’t last one day without their phone. 91 percent said their cell phone was just important as their car or using deodorant (yikes!).
Hope this post put a big hyper color smile on your face. If not, maybe you’re just still bummed out from Facebook manipulating your emotions.
What were your favorite 80’s movie and TV technologies that you would like to see come to life? Share your thoughts @Blancandotus.