Much of today’s technology was seen in movies first––it makes you wonder how much these movies have influenced designers.
Devices resembling the iPad have appeared in many movies throughout the years, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (whose HAL was a precursor to Siri) and Star Trek with its PADD (Personal Access Display Device).
Cell phone–like items have been seen many times over, most famously as Star Trek’s “communicator,” but in the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet, those aboard the United Planets Cruiser have phones attached to their belt buckles. And in more recent times, Jim Carrey’s character in The Cable Guy predicted we would have a phone, computer, television, and game-playing device all in one.
Minority Report has a scene with gestural interfaces, as well as other user-interface innovations, in front of transparent screens. In the same scene, there are also flexible and transparent displays!
Which other Hollywood inventions have become realities? What other ones would you like to have in real life?
Author: Susan Hallinan