There isn’t a single Back to the Future buff who hasn’t dreamed of riding around town on a hoverboard. Every Star Trek
fan has lusted after Captain Kirk’s communicator—in fact, the original
23rd-century models inspired the design for the first flip phones.
While scientists haven’t quite figured out teleportation or how to
build a truly effective Terminator, there is some technology available
today that looks pretty similar to what ambitious movie makers have
been able to invent. You’ve seen some of them before: Microsoft Surface looks an awful like the gesture-based computer interface in Minority Report, and the video phones used by everyone from the Jetsons to the characters of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis are now available from your local phone company. We’ve dug deep to bring you some
truly unique gadgets
that seemed to be inspired by the big screen.