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The most plausible Hollywood fictional gadgets

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 2:06pm
Darren Douglas, Contributor

If we want our opinions to be easily influenced by something, watching movies is the solution. Movies are a form of art that is globally used for entertainment purposes. Science fiction films that exhibit unusual and odd actions and gadgets are the ones doing big businesses on the box office. Wall bonding agents, talking toys, and flying cars strongly mesmerize us. These technologically advanced movies have led the researchers to work on the mission of making lives on this world like a Hollywood epic.

Real life and films are intricately linked. A lot of new things have entered our physical world because of the movies. Today, we live amidst technologies that were a dream for our forefathers. Infact, they would have suffered a head explosion then, if they had thought of these technical blessings. Some of the fantastic devices that we have today were once shown in movies as illusory gadgets.

Bond series
“The perfect gadget at the perfect time” was chant of Bond films. They became highly famous about their use of gadgets. In his 23 films for the past 50 years, numerous high-tech, futuristic, disastrous and funny gadgets have been used by James Bond to accomplish his missions. Some of these gadgets, which were imagined by Ian Fleming as bleeding-edge, have become commonplace innovations. Let’s discuss some of these brilliantly engineered gadgets of Bond authored by Ian Fleming that have become a reality now.

Radioactive homing pill – Thunderball
James Bond swallowed the radioactive homing pill before joining the villain Largo, as one of his divers. After Bond was trapped by Largo, the coast guard traced bond only due to the signals sent from this pill that were tracked by a special receiver. In 1965, this concept seemed fictional but today we have digital pills that get activated by the stomach fluid. These pills are used to gather health data of a patient through skin sensors. Similar idea is used to perform drug tests and monitor health conditions of sportsmen. However, if we know the exact secret of Bond’s homing device, we would be able to rescue miners and workers in cases of getting lost.

Car phone and pager – From Russia With love
When James Bond was alerted through pager beeps to contact Universal Exports, he used his phone in the car to do so. Today, smartphones are more in number than the inhabitants of this earth.  The concept of office-in-a-car with dual iPads and wireless keyboards without cables has out-dated the corner offices. But in 1963, James Bond was the only owner of these devices. These gadgets were thought of as very clever and cutting-edge due to the absence of cables. If a kid today watches ‘From Russia With Love’, he would be very curious to know about ‘Why James Bond did not use his cell phone?’ We wish if only the idea of ‘car phone’ was not turned into a reality.

Star Trek gadgets no longer fictional
With the first TV show aired in 1966 and later followed by 11 movies and 6 TV series, the gadgets in Star Trek seemed light years ahead. Today, people do not reside in space but they will be vacationing there soon! Read on to find some Starfleet gadgets that have or may become real.

Phasers
Everyone who watched Star Trek is familiar with the command "Set phasers to stun". This fictional device was used by Kirk & Company to kill their opponents to stop their adverse actions or preferably stop their functioning capability. Later, Taser was developed which unlike phaser had to come in physical contact with the target to infuse an electrical punch.  Dazzler, a highly directed electromagnetic radiation weapon, is now being used in wars for mass genocide

VISOR
In "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Engineer Geordi LaForge’s character became very famous due to his funky eyewear. He was initially shown as a blind man who was able to see throughout the electromagnetic spectrum by wearing this device VISOR (Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement). What can be more needed then to have a practical VISOR through which blind people can see the beautiful colors. George VISOR’s idea was used by some researchers from Stanford University who introduced the concept of bionic eyes that can provide enough vision to read a billboard.

Controversial concept turns practical
Gattaca, built on the concept of interchanging of DNA, was released in 1997 much before cloning, genetic profiling and stem cell research. Plug-in electric cars were featured in Gattaca that are also being made now. After its release discussions started related to embryonic stem cells for the treatment of ailments. However, it also introduced the unwanted concept of reproductive cloning.

What impressions can we take from the examples noted above? Well, if it appears in the movies there is always the possibility that someone somewhere is going to be inspired enough one day to try and turn make believe into a reality. However, don’t panic and see that as a sign to be fearful of the future, after all the bad guys always get defeated in the movies ... right?!

 

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