Thursday, June 6, 2013

Top 10 Devices from Sci-fi/Fantasy That Somebody Should Invent FOR REAL

"Things I wish somebody would invent." This is a great theme, thanks Theme Thursday! Now I can post something lighthearted and fun to follow the total buzz-kill downer that I posted yesterday. Can I make it a top 10 list? Can I add a geeky flair? Hell to the yes.


1. Transporter beams - Near instant transportation. If we could transport to work with a simple "beam me up!" it would give me an extra hour (or more if there's traffic) with my family each day. It would mean long-distance relationships would have to be inter-planetary inorder to require more than stepping onto a transporter pad to see one another. It would probably make helicopter parents 1000x worse, but I think that's a trade-off society could live with. Maybe.

2. Bacta - You might remember that in The Empire Strikes Back Luke gets mauled by a wompa snow monster then falls into a hypothermic shock (before getting stuffed inside a stinky tauntaun), when he finally gets back to base movie viewers are treated by the sight of Luke in his tighty-whities floating in a tank of goo. That goo is bacta. And bacta heals pretty much anything. Blaster shot? Grease burn? Mauled by wild ducks? Slap some bacta on that bad boy and you'll be good as new before you can say Admiral Ackbar. We could use a little of that.

3. Replicators - Replicators a la Star Trek (NOT Stargate, those mecha-bugs suck) can produce basically anything out of "raw matter". We're getting close with 3D printers, really a lot closer than I expected. But we still can't print food. And I could really use a food replicator for those days when one kid wants shrimp, the other wants spaghetti, and I want potpie. Mmmmm. (Also, we could probably solve world hunger or something.)

4. Time turner - A time turner lets you travel back in time, in Harry Potter it let Hermione take more classes than natural time allowed. Who wouldn't love to have a little more time? Then I could read and watch TV at the same time! (nerd!) Or maybe do something useful like go to work and get chores done at home. Anything for that little extra bit of time.

5. Space ships w/ FTL drives and artificial gravity - Spaceships in science fiction pretty much come with these two features standard: they can travel faster than the speed of light, and you can walk, not float, around in them. As somebody who is both impatient and gets motion sick, but would also die to visit another planet, I think NASA should really be putting a lot more time into these two features. It's just so obvious.

6. Holodecks - Introduced in Star Trek The Next Generation, the holodeck is an amazing little room that can project a holographic replication of anything, complete with sound, smell, and touch. Instead of reading a book, you can participare in a holonovel (I don't recommend participating in Game of Thrones though). Instead of visiting a brothel you can bang a hologram (look ma, no STDs!). Ew. But seriously, being able to expand your hopes and dreams and desires into realistic images that you can interact with is just so cool. Actually having holodeck technology would probably destroy the human race (there have been many articles written on the implications of this technology). But I still think it would be awesome and I want one.

7. Things that can be bigger on the inside - The TARDIS looks like a simple old fashioned police call box, but on the inside it's... much bigger. So if we could harness just that piece of TARDIS technology, we could all stop complaining about lack of storage space in our closets and pantries, because they'd all be bigger on the inside. It's would be a hoarders dream. 

8. Speeders - You could also just call them flying cars. Speeders can't too high off the ground, and they can't break atmosphere, but they can fly around. This is what the Star Wars, The Fifth Element, The Jetsons, and a dozen other sci-fi classics have been promising us for years. It's overdue. I want my flying car, damit! It's 2013! Stop making other-sized ipads and give me a reason to ditch my beloved CRV for a vehicle with a little altitude

9. Driods - Who wouldn't want a cute little R2 unit of their very own? Maybe you could program it to do dishes and laundry. Forget ever changing your oil again, just let your droid do it (haha, take that smarmly up-selling JiffyLube guy). Also, if you did decide to take your speeder out rather than transport by beam, you'd have a nice little navigator to chat with and even take over flying/driving for you if you want.

10. Lightsabers! Duh! Of course I saved the best for last. This serves no real purpose in every day life and without The Force I'd probably cut my arm off. But lightsabers are just so. damn. cool.




14 comments:

  1. I friggin loved this. Did you watch "Eureka"? If not, you should Netflix it IMMEDIATELY.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. Yes, I loved Eureka, although I'm not sure I saw all of it... but I might be thinking of Warehouse 13, which I also enjoyed but lost rack of after a season break since SyFy has such weird seasons... I should really watch them again some time

      Delete
    2. So I just tried to search for Eureka on the DirecTV guide thingie to see if a rerun was coming up. First thing to show was "Eureka 7" on the Cartoon Network. I'm going to say that wasn't what you were talking about. The next thing was Euro Cream Craving and I immediately thought it was a travel show about all that delicious creme-frech (?) that the french and enlish put on everything to make if fattening and yummy. So. Wasn't. That.

      Next time I'll follow directions and just go straight to Netflix.

      Delete
  2. Oh my gosh I loved this!!! I would be first in line for a Time Turner.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks. yes, as soon as I read that book I wanted one so bad.

      Delete
  3. Nice post. You know I already agree with you on the transporter. My second would be the replicator. Think about how much time it would save too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. yeah, my family would probably eat healthier too if all food was a short command away.

      Delete
  4. Yes! I want every single one of those things too! I have been dreaming of "beaming up" somewhere since the very first time I saw Kirk do it. I hate road trips and flying, but I LOVE traveling. I am SO the demographic for transporter technology. (btw, I thought that movie The Transporter was going to be soooo much different than it was. I was disappointed, even though that actor guy was nice eye-candy.)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't mind flying until I had kids, now I HATE it. It's totally time for the transporter!

      Delete
  5. Just saw on the Colbert Report (or was it the Daily Show?) that they now have 3D printers that create food. NASA is going to use it on their space missions. Didn't sound very appetizing though....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. WOAH! I'll have to look for that. That's so neat.

      Delete
  6. If you had a time-turner you'd get older at an unnatural rate. Ew.

    ReplyDelete
  7. there’s one thing we’ve learned from history, it’s that “real” science often does take its ideas straight from the pages of sci-fi

    ReplyDelete
  8. It really is stunning what science can do when not being kept down by superstitious beliefs....like motivating individuals to walk again or disposing of diseases.Notwithstanding,it does require some sort of control since it can be fit for nasty devices like bombs and super-bugs.
    A.E. Oglesby

    ReplyDelete