5 smart or not that smart devices predicted by fiction writers in 60’s

If you go to sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, you’d probably come across connected or not so much devices on sale, and ask yourself: Who’d probably invent that? …

If you are into reading science fiction, you’d probably met those devices depicted in details in books in the middle of 20th century.

1958 — iRobot

The first mentioning of the self-driving device cleaning a floor can be found in the children’s fiction book “Neznayka” (or Know-nothing boy), written back in 1958 by the Russian writer Nikolay Nosov. Russian text of the episode can be read here.

Nosov named the device Cibernetica. It had a shape of a turtle, was colored green and had dozens of small holes in the body. After it had done cleaning, Cibernetica used to go back to the deck.

1953 — Bluetooth headsets

Bradbury, best known for his 1953 novel “Fahrenheit 451”, writes about “seashells” and “thimble radios,” which bear a striking resemblance to earbuds and Bluetooth headsets.

1951 — Virtual reality rooms and brain interfaces

Ray Bradburry in “The Veldt” writes about the Hadley family which lives in an automated house called “The Happylife Home,” filled with machines that do everything for them from cooking meals, to clothing them, to rocking them to sleep. The two children, Peter and Wendy (their names a homage to Peter Pan and Wendy Darling), become fascinated with the “nursery,” a virtual reality room that is able to connect with the children telepathically to reproduce any place they imagine.

The Veldt was initially published as “The World The Children Made”

1969 — Drone-tank

Strugatsky brothers write about a self-driving tank in the “Inhabitant Island”. In 2015 there was a campaign to gather money for “on the ground fast driving tank with amazing terrain capabilities, in the air agile quadcopter” on Kickstarter.

1964 — Microwave oven

Asimov writes that food preparations are largely (but not completely) automated and frozen meals are hugely popular. He depicts the device that almost instantly cooks the food.

Taken from the push-botton kitchen of tomorrow post by Gizmodo.

If you are into Internet of Things market, you’d better read Sheckley, Bradbury, Nosov, Asimov, Bulichev and Strugatsky Brothers for more device ideas for Indiegogo or Kickstarter.

And beware of what you imagine!

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