Surveillance Cameras in George Orwell's Novel 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'
Instead of presenting the pros of technological advancement in the future time, Orwell took to present the horrifying image of how machines will rule the world. In the novel, he describes a government communicating through screens which have been placed mainly to keep an eye on the people. Later on, the idea took its form, which we call in present times as the 'surveillance camera'.
Automated Food Delivery in 'The Jetsons'
Who could have imagined in those days that the concept of a food machine which places all the demanded eatables by the Jetson family on their table, would soon take a concrete existence! Present time's online ordering of food has proved to be a big game-changer in the evolving lifestyle patterns, and became one of the most influential Sci-fi things that actually became real.
Headphones in Ray Bradbury's novel 'Fahrenheit 451'
This novel draws a picture of that era, where books are banned, and whoever is found reading one would be severely prosecuted. The protagonist, in his zest to know about the books, goes to an elderly person, and he gives him his personal ear-fitting communicator. Though headphones were already a thing at that time, not until the launch of Apple iPod, in 2001, that the modern ones and the miniature earphones gained such an extensive use.
iPad (Star Fleet PADD) in 'Star Trek: The Original Series'
Personal Access Display Device, or PADD, was the most cutting-edge of all the gadgets that made the Star Trek series one of the most classic Science-fiction movies of all time. Before Apple's picturing and devising a portable electronic light weight gadget, that could give audio-visuals as well as be useful for a higher level programming, PADD was a thing of fiction only.
Credit Cards in Edward Bellamy's Novel 'Looking Backward'
In Bellamy's novel, the protagonist wakes up after a long slumber; in the new shining world, and he comes to know that the traditional bill of exchange (money) has been replaced by a cardboard credit card, which serves the same service for budgeted purchasing. How futuristic and clairvoyant the writer was! Only that, the cards we use are of plastic, rest all is the same.
Power Lace Boots in 'Back to the Future Part II'
Looks like the champion of the footwear industry, Nike, and 'Back to the Future' actor Michael J. Fox have a deeper association than it seems. After releasing the special edition of shoes for the fundraiser auction for the actor's NGO, Nike is all set to bring Marty McFly's (Michael J. Fox in 'Back to the Future' series) power-laced self-tying boots into reality. First launched in 2011, the product is expected to be re-released soon.
Flying Car (AeroMobil 3.0) in 'The Blade Runner'
The concept of a four wheeler that could run on the road as well as fly in the sky has fascinated many futuristic film directors and found a frequent place in many science-fiction movies. But it's no more a fiction, as a Slovakian manufacturing company has been working on it for a few years after the movie released, and came up with the model AeroMobil 3.0, which can run on the road and also possess blades for flying.
Driverless Cars in 'Total Recall' (1990)
After receiving due permission from the State of Nevada, Google started its extensive work on one of its ambitious projects of creating driverless cars. These cars work with the help of light and range detection, 3D maps generated on their interfaces, and scan the nearby vicinity in comparison to the dimensions of the world.
Hover Board in 'Back to the Future Part II' and 'Back to the Future Part III'
After a series of hoax and failed attempts by many, Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru successfully launched the prototype of his fan-powered Omni Hoverboard, and its modified version is expected to be in the markets by 2017.
Gecko Gloves in 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol'
Our heart skips a beat when we see Tom Cruise clinging onto the glass planes of the mighty Burj Khalifa with the help of nothing but a pair of gloves! Elliot Hawkes, from Stanford University, has devised a pair of gloves that works on the theory of inter-molecular attraction/repulsion. This product is still under alterations and modifications.