J.K. Raymond-Millet’s released a film, Télévision: Oeil de Demain (“Television: Eye of Tomorrow”), in 1947 that seemingly predicted how we would use smartphones in the 21st century. It was not intended to be a feature length film, but rather one used for educational purposes. In addition to showing people using miniature-television devices in public places, the full clip also showcases professional meetings conducted via picture-phones, cars equipped with television screens, and shops promoting their goods on television.
Photo credit: Doner Designs
In Back to the Future, Marty McFly rocked a Gibson ES-345 electric guitar at the 1955 Enchantment Under the Sea high school dance, but this custom Time Machine bass by Doner Designs might have been more fitting. The Chicago-based father and son duo created this to pay tribute to the Michael J. Fox movie franchise, especially the time-traveling DeLorean, complete with flashing lights, a selectable destination year display and a flux capacitor.
Erica, an AI-powered robot, has been cast in a $70-million science fiction movie titled “b.” The story follows a scientist who discovers dangers associated with a program he created to perfect human DNA and attempts to help the artificially intelligent woman he designed, escape. This robot was created in a joint project Japanese scientists Hiroshi Ishiguro and Kohei Ogawa.
Black Mirror fans probably know about the robotic dog featured in the fifth episode, titled “Metalhead,” as they were inspired by Boston Dynamics’ robots such as BigDog. Well, a group of college students decided to build a miniaturized version for less than $900, and it’s called “Stanford Pupper”. All it took was a 3D printer, Sony PlayStation controller and other easy to obtain parts.
In the original Scooby Doo, Where Are You! television series run, each episode featured Scooby and the four teenage members of Mystery, Inc.—Fred, Shaggy, Daphne and Velma—arriving at a location in the Mystery Machine, a van painted with psychedelic colors and flower power imagery. There have been fans who’ve tried recreating it in the past, but not quite like this “Monstery Truck”.