Sci-Fi Technology is Today’s Reality

Technology once thought to be ultra-futuristic now makes the front page of technology news sites almost daily. We have holograms, hoverboards and wearable tech. And some things, like Star Trek’s original communicators (once thought very futuristic), have become outdated tech to us now in the form of “old school” flip phones. Let’s take a look a few more science fiction technologies that are a reality today.

Replicators

No, you can’t walk up to a 3D printer and demand “Tea, earl grey, hot” yet, but don’t lose hope. With their new program “Iron Man,” Nestlé has over 100 scientists developing what would essentially be a food printer that creates the foods you need based on your current health. Not to be outdone, Hershey has partnered with 3D Systems to create CocoJet, a 3D printer that prints–you guessed it–chocolate. On its own, 3D Systems created a printer called ChefJet which should be available in late 2015. ChefJet software allows chefs to upload ornate cake, pastry, and candy designs. But it’s not just for chefs. With the cookbook provided, intricate treats are only a few clicks away.

http://www.3dsystems.com/es/chefjet

http://www.3dsystems.com/es/chefjet

Tricorders

In the Star Trek universe, medical tricorders were scanners used by physicians to gauge the extent of illness or injury. Today, the Scanadu Scout aims to do the same. Rather than undergoing separate diagnostic scans and tests, this little device, when placed on the forehead, reports “vitals such as heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. It even provides a complete ECG reading.” It’s still pending FDA approval, but those who have backed the product financially will begin receiving their Scanadu Scouts this July.

Self-Driving Vehicles

Want your very own KITT like Knight Rider? Maybe a Batmobile is more your speed. Hopefully not a Christine–the sentient, murderous car from the Stephen King novel of the same name. Driverless cars have been a topic of fiction and sci-fi for years, and while they may not be the absolute latest in technology, they’re getting more intelligent every year. Companies like Mercedes, BMW and Audi revealed new driverless car tech (such as self-valet parking) at CES 2015 while Delphi’s Audi SQ5 just completed an autonomous cross-country trip. Business Insider predicts that driverless cars will be commonly used by 2030. As cars learn to do more on their own, manufacturers collect data and improve safety, which in turn means more people will literally take a backseat approach to driving.

Which sci-fi tech are you excited to see become a reality? Tell us in the comments!

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