Top 10 Coolest Sci-Fi Gadgets That Should Be Invented

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The brilliant imagination of science fiction writers and movie producers always leaves us hoping that the devices and gadgets presented in books and Hollywood productions became a reality. Some of these tools would have numerous practical applications while other would, well, just be cool to have.

However, although the sci-fi devices are based on dazzling concepts, they are also beyond the realm of possibility due to the current level of technological advancements. Nevertheless, that won’t stop people from thinking of numerous ways they could put them into practice in order to improve their lives or simply have fun. Let’s review a top ten of the anxiously anticipated science fiction devices.


1. The light sabers from Star Wars

The light saber might not be an exactly original concept, but the Star Wars series is definitely what made it so popular. Sci-fi books like “Gather Darkness”, “Ringworld” or “Pastel City” also have their rudimentary versions of light sabers, but thanks to the brilliant vision of animator Nelson Shin, Star Wars now has its very own signature weapon. Surprisingly enough, even though the Lucas Arts universe includes blasters, the light saber is certainly the star of the show. The ability to slash through virtually anything, its distinctive hum, the sharp fluorescent looks and the fact that its requires a lot of skill to wield make every Star Wars fan eagerly await the moment when they can butter the toast with a miniature light saber.


2. Tricorders, the multifunctional scanners used in Star Trek

The newest technology integrated in smartphones and tablets suggests we’re getting closer and closer to getting our very own multipurpose scanner/sensor/data recorder. Tricorders come in 3 basic versions in the Star Trek universe, the ones used by engineers to gather information regarding the status of the ship’s engines, the type employed by the medical personnel to diagnose patients and the category utilized by the field teams to scan the environment. Considering that a simple hand-held gadget could permit us to acquire information about anything in our proximity, who wouldn’t want one?


3. Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver

Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver is basically an improved version of the tricorder, but with a twist. The sonic gadget popularized by the British movies and TV series has numerous functions in addition to the multipurpose scanning feature. It can act as triangulation device, hacking tool, cutter, light source, defensive weapon and yes, even as an actual screwdriver. In spite of the name that suggests it utilizes sonic waves, the Gallifrey-based technology is never fully explained. However, there are hints that lead fans to believe the Doctor is actually the one who invented it and, in the episode “The Sound of Drums”, his arch nemesis has his very own version of the tool: the laser screwdriver.


4. The Babel fish from the book “A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy”

Among the many innovative concepts brought to life by the brilliant mind of Douglas Adams, the Babel fish is probably the most useful one. This little yellow creature with a slug-like appearance is described as one of the oldest beings in existence and it functions as an universal translator. Douglas Adams depicts its modus operandi as feeding on the brain’s waves of energy and excreting telepathic matrixes that are afterwards decoded and transmitted to the speech center of the brain. Voila, instant translation between all languages of the universe.


5. The M41-A pulse rifles from Aliens

In the Alien universe, the M41-A pulse rifle constitutes the standard issue weapon of the Marine Corps, but many variants of the rifle exist. The pulse rifles are constructed from extremely lightweight materials, have an incredible rate of fire, an automatic computer-assisted accuracy booster and 4 grenades with a massive splash damage radius. However, they become obsolete later on with the introduction of heavily armored Praetorians.


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