Tech Envy: Hollywood Gadgets We Wish Were Real


Just 40 years ago, cell phones were in their infancy and now most of us are walking around with microcomputers in our pockets. It’s safe to say that technology has come a long way. But there are still some fantasy gadgets that we wish would hit the market.

Here are some of our favorite tech movies with gizmos that we would love to have at our disposal.

Back to the Future

Back to the Future Part II:

Back to the Future Part II gave us a glimpse of what movie producers in the 80s predicted (or at least hoped) the world would be like in 2015. This flick brought us many fantastical inventions, power shoelaces and self-drying jackets among them, but there are several technologies that would make our lives a whole lot easier (and more fun). First and foremost, time travel (even if it’s in a DeLorean), but we’re still waiting on flying cars and hover boards. Inventors still have two years to get these vehicles out there, based on Back to the Future Part II’s predictions, but we won’t hold our breath.

Star Trek

Star Trek:

Who hasn’t wished that they could teleport at one time or another? This technology would allow you to take a day trip from New York to California, or Paris for that matter. Anything that makes travel easier and lets us sleep in our own beds more often is fine in our book! Holodecks are pretty incredible as well, even if you’d just use them to create in-home beach getaway.


James Bond & Rocketeer:

We have one word for you: Jetpacks.

Iron Man

Iron Man:

We can’t tell you how much we want Tony Stark’s computer interface, with its 3D images and hands on manipulation. The possibilities would be endless with this type of interface and data interaction. And of course we can’t mention Iron Man without talking about the Iron Man suit. We’d be first in line to take a flying super suit for a spin.

Minority Report

Minority Report:

Crime prediction would certainly be life changing and make us all feel safer, but there are some other inventions that caught our eye as well. The computer interfaces similar to those used by Tony Stark in Iron Man and self-driving cars are givens, but as digital marketers, the targeted ads in this film really tugged at our heartstrings.

Total Recall

Total Recall:

Again, flying cars would be awesome. Bye-bye traffic, hello open sky!

The Matrix

The Matrix:

Instant learning by plugging into a computer would make life much easier. We can think of a few times that we could have used an instant crash course (mostly in college when we over slept before an exam or two).

Men in Black

Men in Black:

The mind wipe device from Men in Black may come in handy, whether it’s used for national security or you just want your coworkers to forget about the embarrassing thing you said after a few beers at the last company picnic. Still, we’d be weary of this technology landing in the wrong hands.

The list goes on and on, but these are just a few of the fictional technologies that we’d love to have access to in the here and now. What are your favorite fictional gadgets and gizmos? Share them with us in the comments below!

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