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Hoverboards Company: Hendo Year Invented: 2014 Price: $10,000 Status: Basically a prototype. Sort of like the movie, but not really. They only work on metallic surfaces, so sidewalk surfing is out of the question. Smartwatch With Precise Weather Forecasting Apple Watch running 'Dark Sky' app Company: Apple & The Dark Sky Company ...


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Here's a list: Drones with cameras Flat screen televisions Video calling Biometrics (remember the police scene) Holographs which we have prototypes of currently Answering calls via glasses (We've got Google Glass) Flying cars Self-lacing shoes - a Canadian kickstarter called Powerlace has developed shoes that tighten for an athlete ...


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Some of the Blade Runner technologies that have come to fruition by 2019 include: Giant electronic billboards that show full motion video ads. Crosswalk Walk/Don’t Walk indicators that include audio prompts for the visually-impaired. Self-driving cars (borderline). Access to police databases from in-car computer. Voice-interactive computing (but not magical ...


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If you are willing to stretch what might be considered SciFi: Tik-Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum published in 1914. "Very well," said the Wizard, and without any fuss or mystery whatever he performed a magical rite that was simple and effective. Therefore those seated in the Nome King's cavern were both startled and amazed when all the people of ...


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1936: "Finality Unlimited", a novella by Donald Wandrei, first published in Astounding Stories, September 1936, available at the Internet Archive. The story is set (initially) on August 28, 2005: Despite the heat, an air of excitement prevailed on the streets and the hanging-garden cafes. The Second Expedition to Mercury should land at any time now with ...


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I would like to add one more, that I'm surprised I didn't see in any answers so far: Video games that don't require you to use your hands.


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Yes, a televised moon landing was predicted in one Golden Age story that I know of: "All Aboard for the Moon" (novel, 55000 words) by Harold M. Sherman in Amazing Stories, April 1947, available at the Internet Archive. Apparently never reprinted. The following excerpt is part of Gil Benson's ("playboy; devil-with-the-women; and rich") speech just before ...


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The earliest example I can find of a hand-held 2-way electronic communications device is Dick Tracy's 2-way wrist radio which appeared in the Dick Tracy comic strip on January 13, 1946. There must be many earlier stories that involve communications by magical (or other non-scientific) means.


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Philip Francis Nowlan described something called a "chest disc", which while not exactly handheld is a wireless portable communicator, back in 1928 according to Technovelgy: The chest discs were likewise self-contained sending sets, strapped to the chest a few inches below the neck and actuated by the vibrations from the vocal cords through the body ...


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1915: "John Jones's Dollar", a short story by Harry Stephen Keeler; first published in the August, 1915 issue of The Black Cat, a scan of which is available at the Internet Archive; the text of the story is available at Project Gutenberg. "B262H72476Male, you are late to class again. What excuse have you to offer today?" From the hollow cylinder ...


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In his novel The Age of the Pussyfoot (1966/1969‡), Frederik Pohl describes a device called a "joymaker"; a scepter-like device that is connected to a central network and functions as a voice-operated computer. ‡: The Age of the Pussyfoot was first published as a novel in 1969, but before that it was published as a serial in Galaxy Science ...


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Looking through the list of Niven's works, the most likely possibility seems to be his letter/essay in Riverside Quarterly Vol 3 No 1, published August 1967. That's less than 2 years before the Apollo 11 landing, as you said, and still a few months before its crew was announced on 20 November 1967. There are fairly few Niven works from the 1960s, and most ...


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A character in Heinlein's 1948 novel Space Cadet tells his friend something to the effect "I wish I had her cell number". I will update in morning when I can find the page.


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Many great answers have been given on this page. Here is my contribution at two days from October 2015. The pyrolysis that the Mr. Fusion seems to do is demonstrated in this video. The demise of Laserdiscs: Drones could, technically, walk your dog:


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Some of the details don't jive (frex it's not a short story) but in part II of Asimov's Second Foundation Toban Darell has given his daughter Arcadia an automatic typewriter (called a "transcriber") as a birthday present. She is trying to use it to write an essay on Seldon's Plan.


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Some elements are similar to the Asimov story "It's Such a Beautiful Day". Hits: No one ever goes outside. A kid accidentally does, and likes it. There is no one else outside. Story is old enough to be read in the 1970s (first appeared 1954). Misses: The technology that keeps everyone indoors is portal transportation, not TV shopping or overcrowding. No ...


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In Larry Niven's short story, "The Soft Weapon," 1967, the device had multiple modes. It was hand-held, and in one mode was intelligent, and interacted with Humans and Kzinti.


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Credit for inventing the idea of a satellite (i.e., an artificial satellite in Earth orbit) goes not to Clarke but to Edward Everett Hale and his 1869 novelette "The Brick Moon" which is available, along with its 1870 sequel "Life in the Brick Moon", at Project Gutenberg. From Wikipedia: "The Brick Moon" is a novella by American writer Edward Everett ...


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