Mobility at the Movies: 3 Films that Predicted the Future and Got It Right (pt.2)
As we've discussed before, many science fiction directors have stretched their imagination to imagine future worlds in which technology has become so advanced it has changed the world into an unfamiliar place.
Here are three more popular films, which featured the use of technology that was futuristic at the time of release, but is now well-established and commonly used in modern society.
Star Trek, 1966 - 1969 & 1979 (Communication Devices)
Captain Kirk and the crew members of the Enterprise used a familiar method of communication when out on their missions. Their flip-open communicators allowed instant dialogue across extraordinary distances, and very much resembled modern-day mobile phones. Of course, the intergalactic devices used in Star Trek were much more powerful than the 3G and 4G networks we use today, as making a call to another planet on your iPhone would leave you with a formidable phone bill. The wearable badge communicators which were used later in the series also share many characteristics with modern hands-free Bluetooth headsets.
Goldfinger, 1964 (GPS)
The iconic Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger is one of the most recognisable cars to ever appear on film, not only because of its extremely stylish appearance, but also because it was equipped with gadgets and special features suitable for 007. One of these features was a console with an interface which showed Bond exactly where he was on an interactive real-time map, designed to help him track down his enemy. This technology would have been considered somewhat of a secret weapon in 1964, but today, it is commonplace and virtually everyone has something similar at their disposal, in the form of satellite navigation or GPS either built into their car or available on their smartphone.
Robocop, 1987 (Prosthetic Body Parts)
Although the technology doesn't yet exist to fully rebuild a human being in the style of the classic RoboCop film, there are astounding breakthroughs being made to provide amputees with almost full restoration in some cases, and to help prevent secondary disabilities which can result from using regular prosthetic body parts. By integrating computerised sensor technology into these replacement limbs, the user can relay brain signals to the surrounding nerves which allow high levels of control and dexterity.