4 Examples Of Science Fiction Turned Into Science Fact

on Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Technology is constantly evolving. As our understanding of materials and science grows, so does the rate of technological advancement. However, nothing advances quite as fast as our imagination. This is non-more evident than in the science fiction stories we have created over the last few hundred years.

Here are a few examples of kit that were nothing more than a dream when first thought of, but now are valued pieces of tech we use today:

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Fiction: Dermal Regenerator (Star Trek)

You’ve all seen it in action on the classic TV show. Someone has a phaser burn or there’s an explosion. Someone suffers from severe burns and the dermal regenerator comes out. A quick scan later and the affected areas of the body are ship-shape once again.

Fact: ReCell Skin Spray

A medical breakthrough which uses a small piece of skin from the victim. This sample is then mixed with an enzyme and then sprayed it back onto the affected area of the body. The graft will expand and cover up the burn space. Although in its initial stages, this is an exciting development for medicine.

Fiction: Self Driving Car (Demolition Man, I, Robot)

With cars still being used in the future, it was only a matter of time before the autopilot function we see on airplanes is transferred to automobiles. It makes a place where it’s safer to drive and lets people get on with other (important) stuff.

Fact: Driverless Car

What will Google do next? It seems automatic vehicles that drive themselves is the answer. Recently, engineershave been developing cars that can ‘sense’ their environment and drive themselves. Using radar, camera and GPS, these cars are not yet as advances as the ones we see in film, but they are certainly becoming a very real possibility.

Fiction: Touch Screen/Hand Gesture Displays (Various)
You’ve seen them in films like Minority Report, Iron Man or even James Bond. Computer displays that can be ‘swept’ and moved with the deft movement of a finger or hand. Often, the hand physically is touching said screen, but sometimes it’s a gesture in mid-air. It’s a symphony conductor of technology.

Fact: Gesture controlled computer displays

The ability to control a computer by using gestures is fast becoming a very real technology to be utilised by the general public. This video shows the interface being used effectively at TED and although the set-up is quite complicated at the moment, it demonstrates the very real potential for this technology to become mainstream soon.

Imagine what science-fiction innovation will become science fact next?

Bio: This article was written by Rachel Hurley a writer for Handd, the company that provides secure FTP solutions.