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5 Top Sci-Fi Gadgets That Actually Exist
Electronic Products ^ | 01/27/2014 | Grace Noto

Posted on 02/04/2014 9:33:47 AM PST by Heartlander

5 Top Sci-Fi Gadgets That Actually Exist

Science Fiction, meet Reality. Reality, Science Fiction

Nowadays, the line between science fiction and reality has become almost microscopically thin, our newfound abundance of resources and knowledge having led to the creation of some truly dazzling gizmos and gadgets. So here’s a list of the top five most amazing sci-fi gadgets we’ve come up with that won’t lead to super-smart killer robots, because I spend, way, way too much time on those. (Although I wouldn’t if inventors didn’t seem to think we’re going for a Terminator-inspired and not a Star Trek/Wars-inspired future, but we’re already getting off track).


First in line, we have:

5. The Sigmo:

The Sigmo 2

What’s that little square do, you ask? That, dear friends, is reality’s first Universal Translator, inspired by the Star Trek gadget that allowed the show’s creators to neatly explain why all alien races spoke and understood English. Simply put, the Sigmo uses a Bluetooth connection with your smartphone to translate your words into over 25 languages. Just speak into the square, and it will record your voice, send it up into the cloud (where a service like Google Translate will translate your words), and then play that translation only seconds later. While it won’t translate any alien languages, it’s a good first step. It also only costs 50 bucks, making it my favorite kind of gadget: useful, easy to use, and cheap. You can figure out how to buy it here.


4. Scanadu’s Scout :

Scanadu Scout

This year’s CES convention revealed yet other Star Trek-inspired devices: Scanadu’s medical scanner, the Scout. Based on Star Trek’s medical tricorder—that little box thing Bones is always waving around people that lets him know they’re pretty much dying—the Scout was developed as a sophisticated sensor that’s capable of measuring our vital signs. If you hold it up to your temple for ten seconds, the Scout reads and records your health statistics and sends the data to your smartphone, where you can do whatever you like with it. You can’t buy this yet, as it still has to be field-tested and FDA-approved, but it’s pretty cool. Let’s hope its field test in March is successful; Bones would be so sad without his tricorder.


3. iOptik Smart Contact Lenses:

Innovega Contacts


Ever want to just blink, and have information like driving directions, texts, emails, or videos just appear in front of your eyes? Get ready to be shocked: iOptix smart contact lenses do just that. Honestly, I geeked out over these things immediately. They use rings in order to route light in different ways on your retinas, which allows wearers to focus on near and far away visuals in a manner the normal human eye just isn’t capable of. The system was shown off at this year’s CES show in Vegas, and requires a secondary pair of glasses to work, but just the mere fact that they were invented is mind-blowing to me. Texts by blinking, guys. Texts by blinking.

2. MC10 Biostamp:

BioStamp

MC10 is one of those companies that came out of nowhere with a dramatically life-changing idea: their Biostamp is a stretchable electronic that’s stuck on your skin, developed to measure biopotential such as ECG, EEG, and EMG, as well as strain and body temperature. It sits neatly on the skin and uploads it’s data to your smartphone—or it will, once it becomes functional. It reminds me of thebarcode tattoos in this children’s book set in 2025, where everyone’s information is stored on this unobtrusive barcode on their arms. The Biostamp is designed to measure one’s health, but the tech could be developed for other uses. It’s still a prototype at this point, but MC1O is working hard to make it a reality. Hopefully it will be one before 2025; 11 years is a long time to wait.

1.Katia Vega’s Makeup:

Eyelashes

Yep, eyelashes. Not the #1 gadget you were expecting, was it? Those are the eyelashes Katie Vega invented as part of her Beauty Technology Project—which can activate a whole slew of electronic devices through the power of blinking.

Jaw Drop Gif


That’s right, somebody invented eyelashes that can control your tech. That’s better sci-fi than sci-fi. Be impressed. Not only that, but Katia Vega also created conductive eye makeup, nails embedded with RFID tags, and Winkymote, an infrared remote control for quadriplegics hidden in makeup, which they can use to control TVs and other tasks. Be more impressed. If you want to learn about some of Vega’s other projects—which you should—you can visit her website here.

There you have it—five gadgets we’ve invented this year that give me hope I will eventually become a space pirate, instead of a human rebel fighting for humanity against the machines.


TOPICS: Science; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: gadgets
#2 is a little scary...
1 posted on 02/04/2014 9:33:47 AM PST by Heartlander
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To: Heartlander

We take it utterly for granted now, but the smartphone was very much SF only a few years back.


2 posted on 02/04/2014 9:37:57 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Heartlander

Little bit Mark of the Beastish, isn’t it?


3 posted on 02/04/2014 9:38:35 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Heartlander
#2....

Part of me says who would wear that on their forehead? But I already know...


4 posted on 02/04/2014 9:40:36 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Sherman Logan
Transhumanism creeps in on little nano feet. It sits looking out over the species, then moves in.
5 posted on 02/04/2014 9:44:42 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Heartlander
Going back the the original Start Trek...the communicators exist.As do the little plastic cards that stored data.
6 posted on 02/04/2014 9:46:12 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Sherman Logan
We take it utterly for granted now, but the smartphone was very much SF only a few years back.

And what's on your smartphone is available to the government (if they don't have it already).

7 posted on 02/04/2014 9:47:59 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I’m wanting me some Phasers.


8 posted on 02/04/2014 9:47:59 AM PST by RandallFlagg ("I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it." --Quigley)
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To: Sherman Logan

I was thinking about Dick Tracy’s two way wrist radio/TV of years ago.


9 posted on 02/04/2014 9:49:02 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Sherman Logan
Little bit Mark of the Beastish, isn’t it?

Little bit? That's an understatement of the day.

10 posted on 02/04/2014 9:49:42 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: RandallFlagg
I'd settle for a plasma rifle in the 40 watt range...

"Just what ya see here, buddy!"

11 posted on 02/04/2014 9:49:53 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Heartlander

I’m waiting for the phaser...


12 posted on 02/04/2014 9:52:58 AM PST by Exeter (A government that doesn't trust its people is a government that shouldn't be trusted.)
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To: Heartlander
iOptik Smart Contact Lenses: Innovega Contacts

Google is developing...and already has a prototype...contact lenses that monitor and report blood glucose levels in real time. This could be a real boon to diabetics worldwide.

And pretty much put most of the companies who sell testing strips and meters out of business.

13 posted on 02/04/2014 9:55:06 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Exeter

A green animal-woman would be nice, too...


14 posted on 02/04/2014 9:55:56 AM PST by Exeter (A government that doesn't trust its people is a government that shouldn't be trusted.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Going back the the original Start Trek...the communicators exist.As do the little plastic cards that stored data.

Have you ever noticed that there is no wifi in the Star Trek universe?

Especially in TOS and even in TNG, Kirk and Picard were always getting electronic clipboards handed to them by comely Ensigns awaiting their signatures.

Why can't these forms and communiques be sent over electronically?

15 posted on 02/04/2014 9:58:24 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Gay State Conservative

As do doors that automatically pop open as you approach.

I had to explain to my daughters that this was unavailable at the time, and they had to have a crew member push a button as the actor approached. There are out-takes on YOutube where the timing gets off and Spock walks right into the door.


16 posted on 02/04/2014 9:59:01 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

We’ve got it, in every detail. Except it’s in the phone, not the watch.


17 posted on 02/04/2014 10:00:14 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

It was probably a naval thing.
Battlestar Galactica (The new one) had wireless, too. But Adama and the rest still had to sign things for work requests, shipping details, etc.


18 posted on 02/04/2014 10:04:31 AM PST by RandallFlagg ("I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it." --Quigley)
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To: Heartlander

19 posted on 02/04/2014 10:15:47 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Heartlander

20 posted on 02/04/2014 10:20:04 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Heartlander

21 posted on 02/04/2014 10:22:40 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Heartlander

Where’s my flying car.


22 posted on 02/04/2014 10:23:04 AM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Why can't these forms and communiques be sent over electronically?

Because then all the comely Ensigns would be out of a job. Can't have that, don't want that :)

23 posted on 02/04/2014 10:23:19 AM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: Sherman Logan
I had to explain to my daughters that this was unavailable at the time, and they had to have a crew member push a button as the actor approached.

And less than 10 years later, they existed. I remember doors that opened for me as a kid - and that would have been early-to-mid-1970s.

24 posted on 02/04/2014 10:24:03 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: Heartlander

Google just bought these guys.

25 posted on 02/04/2014 10:24:35 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I think that is electronic sending, computer to pad, pad to captain, captain signs, pad tells computer, signature stored. I suppose he could have done a thumb swipe somewhere, but then there’d be no reason for yeomen Rand to exist, I prefer a world with yeoman Rand.


26 posted on 02/04/2014 10:24:48 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: Heartlander
Sci-Fi gadgets that don't exist anymore:

A method of flying people from the Earth to the Moon.

27 posted on 02/04/2014 10:24:59 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: Sherman Logan

One of the apocryphal tales from the set is that some tech guy and said that automatic was the hardest Trek gadget to accomplish in the real world. Heard that tale in multiple interviews with cast members but never any real proof, it’s funny of course because it was the first one that made the jump.


28 posted on 02/04/2014 10:27:01 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: dangerdoc
Where’s my flying car.

Not grounded for lack of technology, but the more human issue of air traffic control, or, more to the point, do you want to morons who can't manage two dimensions properly getting to play around with a third?

29 posted on 02/04/2014 10:29:27 AM PST by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: KarlInOhio
A method of flying people from the Earth to the Moon.


Then, there's the more modern method of lunar travel...
30 posted on 02/04/2014 10:30:45 AM PST by RandallFlagg ("I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it." --Quigley)
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To: RandallFlagg
Battlestar Galactica (The new one) had wireless, too.

One of the plot twists of the new Battlestar Galactica was that it was getting ready to be retired and had never been integrated into the fleet computer network. That's why it was able to escape and fight back when the rest of the fleet was betrayed by their electronics. I enjoyed that series for a while until it got so depressing I found myself wearing a noose while watching it.

31 posted on 02/04/2014 10:33:23 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: martin_fierro

which means i can’t buy one of these now.


32 posted on 02/04/2014 10:36:56 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: kevkrom

flying cars would require flight training and license approval, like any civillian aircraft, as these are much bigger and more damaging than a more simple ultralight. so not just anyone would drive/fly one.


33 posted on 02/04/2014 10:39:49 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Heartlander

The Biostamp is well-timed, given that we are living in Idiocracy now.


34 posted on 02/04/2014 10:46:34 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Heartlander

They’re all pretty incredible esp the Sigmo...

...heck for only $50 too, why it’s costs more than that to fill up our gas tank...and that ends up in smoke.


35 posted on 02/04/2014 10:49:37 AM PST by exPBRrat
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To: Heartlander

!


36 posted on 02/04/2014 11:27:03 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: upchuck
Because then all the comely Ensigns would be out of a job.

Eeeeeeexcellent point. Missed that one I did. Yup. Right over my head.

37 posted on 02/04/2014 12:08:32 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Heartlander

The future is here. I hope it doesn’t track mud in.


38 posted on 02/04/2014 1:16:31 PM PST by OldNewYork
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

:)


39 posted on 02/04/2014 2:47:29 PM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: Heartlander

Still waiting for H. Beam Piper’s perfect lie detector - the veridicator (from “Little Fuzzy”). Would revolutionize criminal prosecution and put most current politicians on the “free agent” list.


40 posted on 02/04/2014 5:36:45 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Sherman Logan
I had to explain to my daughters that this was unavailable at the time, and they had to have a crew member push a button as the actor approached.

They were widely available, just not on the set.

“Electric eye” is an old-fashioned term for a photodetector, an electronic circuit activated by light. First developed in the 1890s, this concept has been adapted to new devices and technology and is still in use in the 21st century. Common applications include remote controls, automatic doors, and motion detectors. This particular term has gradually faded from use at the end of the 20th century, although it was revived in 2009 to describe advances in artificial sight. ...

... The once-novel electric eye had become a commonplace device by the last third of the 20th century. Familiar uses included automated doors in supermarkets and other public buildings

More here

41 posted on 02/04/2014 8:46:49 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Have you ever noticed that there is no wifi in the Star Trek universe?

Sure there was. From TNG onward, crew members always wandered around using those pad devices that looked like iPad Minis. They were wireless interfaces to the central computer.

42 posted on 02/04/2014 8:50:26 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Sherman Logan
I had to explain to my daughters that this was unavailable at the time, and they had to have a crew member push a button as the actor approached.

It was even more low-tech than that, from what I've read. A couple of guys behind the wall just pulled the doors open by hand.

43 posted on 02/04/2014 8:52:18 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Heartlander

Anyone who would believe that stuff would also believe in horseless carriages and heavier-than-air flight. Ridiculous.


44 posted on 02/04/2014 8:57:12 PM PST by Billthedrill
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