September 27, 2009

Tomorrow's Future Today


Where's my gyroscopic wheel, damn it?

Popular Science
1923
from Modern Mechanix

13 comments:

Water Logged Canine said...

I really like this. David Pogue had written a few weeks ago in regard to the "You Will" campaign that AT&T had initiated in the early nineties. It was fascinating how accurately they depicted many of the technological advances we've seen since. However, I love how this post shows that most "predictions" were silly little twists on technology that was already available and equally outdated. I just can't believe I don't have one of those Back To The Future HoverBoards yet. If you told me back in 1986 that I wouldn't be commuting to work on one of those things by 2009, I would have probably punched you in the ding-ding.

downtown guy said...

That is probably the single most anticipated piece of as yet undeveloped technology of the 80s. Everybody I know wanted one of those hover boards.

Steph said...

Umm, how would you get into that thing?

downtown guy said...

It's like the segway from hell.

Steph said...

I was being serious. I certainly wasn't commenting on you personally, if that's what you mean :)

It has no way to get in, lest you climb through the spokes?

downtown guy said...

No, no! I was talking about the Segway, that gyroscopic two wheeled vehicle that came out in the early 2000s. The thing you stand on and lean.

Maybe on this one you were supposed to climb through the spokes?

Steph said...

I thought you meant I was leading up to something :)

Sorry.

Steph said...

hahaha... that would have been segue.

Bad spellers of the world untie!

downtown guy said...

Ha, I had to read over what you said twice to figure out where we parted ways.

Ms. Moon said...

I'm still waiting for my fucking jet pack.

May said...

Um, Mom? Fucking jet packs are totally fucking dangerous and unreliable, whereas this shit can go faster than a fucking car! HA! EAT MY FUCKING GYROSCOPIC DUST YOU STUPID CAR! SUCK ON THIS! I bet if you were driving this thing and it tipped over you'd just spin like a giant top! I'd clothespin a whole PACK of cards to this bad boy. EVERYONE would hear me coming! ON YOUR FACE, CAR! I CAN DRIVE ON THE YELLOW LINE AND TAKE UP BOTH LANES! I don't need a fucking parking space! I can park this shit BETWEEN CARS! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

downtown guy said...

Yeah, what May said.

Ms. Moon said...

Especially the card idea. Hoo-boy. That would be so damn cool.