Science Fact, Not Fiction

Feeding off of a recent post about Facebook purchasing Oculus VR, I thought to myself wow, Oculus VR really reminds me of something straight out of the Science Fiction films, I love so much.    I did a quick search and I found an article entitled Once science fiction, it’ll be reality in 2014 by Daniel Terdiman of, and some of the products are really interesting.  The article does mention Oculus VR and a few other new inventions that were once Science Fiction fantasies, but now an actual reality.

I would like to name a few, the first being Virgin’s Galactic, the world’s first commercial space tourism.  The brainchild of Virgin owner Richard Branson this epic adventure brings civilians into space for the first time ever.  This could be the genesis of the new and final frontier of exploration for humans.  The video is a must watch and breathtaking to say the least.

Next is something straight out of The Rocketeer called Martin’s Jetpack.  “Named as one of Time magazine’s Top 50 inventions for 2010, the Martin Jetpack is the world’s first practical jetpack, set to revolutionize the industries of aviation, recreation and transportation. Able to be flown by a pilot or via remote control, this inspirational and versatile product continues to attract strong interest from potential customers and investors worldwide”(2013,

The third and final gizmo I’ll mention is Nymi.  I am very excited about Nymi because it is your own personal identification device based on your unique cardiac rhythm.  You can open car doors, check your email without having to type passwords, or turn an ordinary hotel into your custom space all with the flick of a wrist.  It’s very exciting stuff and the crazy thing is we are just at the beginning of all this.  I can’t wait to see where we go from here.  Which gadget would you love see become a reality from your favorite Sci-fi film?

-Joe Lavin


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