Part of what makes an imagined futuristic world believable is the presence and integration of impressive, speculative technology used in functional, everyday ways. Some series, such as Star Wars, became wildly popular in part because of the technological visions that made their worlds feel so rich and believable. There is much fictional technology that should be real throughout the world of science fiction and fantasy. Even realities filled with dystopian tech harbor the occasional hopeful scientific innovation.
Part of the fun of these devices is that they are so far removed from our reality. Hoverboards and memory scanners would look a lot less impressive onscreen if we already used them in our everyday lives. While scientific progress gradually marches on, producers of real world technology can't keep up with the wild imaginations of Hollywood visionaries. However, tech that doesn't exist can even be inspiring for real world inventors and scientists. While lots of technology only exists in science fiction at the moment, who knows what the future could hold? In a few decades, these devices might be very real.
Below is a list of the most enviable gadgets from movies and TV that you wish you could have in your own home. Vote up the best fictional technologies below.
From: Star Trek
Who wouldn't want a device that can transport you from one location to the other basically instantaneously?
From: Various (The Fifth Element, Back to the Future Part II, Blade Runner, etc.)
Flying cars have been used in many films and such devices still serve as a pop culture standard for futuristic technology. It would certainly cut down on your morning commute if you could simply fly over a congested highway.
From: Back to the Future
While we have something similar today, our wheeled contraptions can’t compare to the original hoverboard from Back to the Future.
This enclosed pod provides a temperature-controlled space where the occupant can remain alive for years on end while maintaining their age and health. As long as they're used responsibly, they have the potential to be a useful technology.