5 Inventions That Movies and Books Predicted Well Before Their Time

5 Inventions That Movies and Books Predicted Well Before Their Time

WiFi

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Everett/Shutterstock (10282152a) Nikola Tesla, physicist, engineer and inventor of alternating current power, early 1900s Historical CollectionEverett Collection/Shutterstock

Nikola Tesla called it! In 1909, the famed electrical engineer told the New York Times, "It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages all over the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his own apparatus." No doubt he was thinking of the Kérastase Hair Coach brush, which measured brushing speed and employed a microphone to listen to your hair, all to compute an overall hair-quality score sent to your smartphone. (Alas, it too is gone.)

Smartwatch

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The Apple Watch lets you chat, play games, and watch videos on a device strapped to your wrist. Cool, huh? The Jetsons thought so—in 1962, when Steve Jobs was still in second grade! Here are some more predictions about the future that turned out to be spookily accurate.

GPS

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Writer Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey) saw a world in which no one got lost. In 1956, he wrote that satellites "could make possible a position-finding grid whereby anyone could locate himself by means of a couple of dials on an instrument about the size of a watch." Clarke didn't mention that his system might also track another person, such as a criminal. Last year, the New York City police nabbed a burglar who was wearing a GPS ankle monitor—because he was still on probation for a prior conviction. But for every accurate prediction, there's one of these predictions about the future that were hilariously wrong.

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