All the movie technology we wished was real

It’s 2017 and we don’t have flying cars, robot housekeepers, or teleportation devices.

I remember the first time a car spoke to me. “Keys are in the ignition, keys are in the ignition.” I let it run for a few minutes, I was too blown away by the fact that a car was talking to me. It was the first time I felt like I was living in the future.

Where does that future usually start? In the cinema. So we asked 17 typeformers to share all the movie technology they wished was real. The result? Interesting insights into our colleagues’ dream technology.

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1. Digitally transcribed letter writing service in Her (2013).


2. Uploaded learning from The Matrix (1999).

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3. Dream Sharing device (PASIV) from Inception (2010).

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4. Freezing yourself to live in the future from Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery (1997).


5. Pee-wee’s bike in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985).


6. Teleportation devices in Star Trek Series (1966).

7. A miniaturizing laser from Innerspace (1987) or Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989).


 8. James Bond’s submarine Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).


9. OS from Her (2013).


10. The Nutri-Matic in Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005).


11. Morning routine companion thing in The Jetsons (1962).


12. The surrogates from Surrogates (2009).


13. Reality Sunglasses from They Live (1988).


14. HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968


15. The Hoverboard from Back to the Future (1985).


16. Interstellar travel in Interstellar (2013).


17.  3D User interface from Minority Report (2002).


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