This week, pictures of a strange new contraption called the guardbot started floating around the internet. Touted as a surveillance robot that can roll over land, water and snow, it's the latest in a string of new robotic innovations. There was only one thing - people were sure they'd seen it before. In fact, it looked suspiciously close to the BB-8 droid of Star Wars: The Force Awakens fame.
The link between technology and films is nothing new. Each one inspires and helps feed the other. In honor of the guardbot, here are 20 pieces of technology that were predicted by movies.
1. Guardbot - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
This robot surveillance ball can swim and roll on any terrain. https://t.co/HFLL1IxHQN— Business Insider UK (@Business Insider UK)1518516002.0
2. Self driving cars - Total Recall
3.Mecha Robots - Pacific Rim
4. Power Loader - Alien
5. Smartphones/Handheld devices - Star Trek: The Original Series
6. Tractor Beam - Star Trek: The Original Series
7. Dinosaur Eggs - Jurassic Park
Scientists accidentally grew a chicken with the face of a dinosaur https://t.co/bkWWFn6jti https://t.co/jOPJJynbVf— BBC Earth (@BBC Earth)1491627627.0
8. Touch Interface - Minority Report
9. Drones - Minority ReportRemember that scene in Minority Report where the cops use spider drones to search out a wanted criminal?
10. Video Calls - 2001: A Space Odyssey
11. Holograms - Star Wars
12. Full Body Scanners - Airplane II: The Sequel
13. Siri - 2001: A Space Odysseyl
14. Wearables - Back to the Future
15. Flying Cars - Back to the Future
16. Hoverboards - Back to the Future
17. Hoverbike - Star Trek and Star WarsOne of the coolest scenes in Star Trek is the beginning, when a young James T. Kirk races across a field in a hoverbike. And of course, you remember that iconic speeder bike chase in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
18. Roomba - The JetsonsAh, The Jetsons. The cartoon depicting the family of the future pioneered several of what would become everyday devices. One of the most practical of those was the robotic vacuum.
19. Home 3D Printing - Weird Science
20. Robo Dogs - The JetsonsThe Jetson family not only had their talking dog Astro, they also, once upon a time bought a robodog named Lectronimo. Suffice to say, things didn't really work out. But it was one of the earliest fictional versions of robodogs out there.
So this Boston Dynamics bot can open doors for its friends. The question is: Are they escaping, or going somewhere… https://t.co/1ayKdNDvt4— WIRED Science (@WIRED Science)1518481500.0