By: Jennifer Hong - Staff Writer
Published: Jun 10, 2021

Science Fiction Device Gadgets That Became Reality

There are a number of science fiction devices that became reality. Film writers have dreamed up the impossible during the 1950s and 1960s. Those little future handheld devices are now in the palm of your hands.

Cell Phones have become some of those gadgets we’ve been in science fiction movies. One science-fiction television show had its characters talking across galaxies on hand-held wireless communication devices. The “communicators” that Capt. James T. Kirk used to talk to the crew of the Starship Enterprise on “Star Trek” influenced cell-phone inventor Martin Cooper.

Submarines came right out of a book. Considered the father of science fiction, 19th-century author Julies Verne was an inspiration to the pioneers of undersea travel when his 1870 novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” It gave the world Captain Nemo’s Nautilus and a glimpse at what submarines could be.

The word “robot” was first used in 1921 in Czech writer Karel Capek’s play, R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), and it means “forced labor,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. These machines are now a reality. You can find them working inside auto manufacturing plants.

Long before Yuri Gagarin left our atmosphere behind and Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, science-fiction writers imagined ways that human beings would break free from the confines of boring old Earth. In fact, in novels and in film, man was visiting the moon years before Wilbur and Orville Wright were able to get an airplane off the ground. Jules Verne published “From the Earth to the Moon” in 1865. NASA has made that vision a reality.


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