This Depression-Era Hollywood Robot Was Built to Write Screenplays

Today moviegoers complain about films being too formulaic. But in 1931, one Hollywood writer of now largely forgotten movies thought that turning screenwriting into a formula was a pretty good idea. So he invented the Plot Robot. » 6/09/14 12:21pm 6/09/14 12:21pm

This 1950s Futuristic Food Truck Could Bake Bread in Just Nine Seconds

These days you can get just about anything from a food truck: pulled pork waffles, cheeseburger sushi, and even snail lollipops. But how about freshly baked bread, made to order in just nine seconds? That was the vision of a 1956 ad for, of all things, ball bearings. » 6/05/13 5:19pm 6/05/13 5:19pm

The Roomba Foretold in 1959 Magazine

Usually, the tech magazines from 50+ years ago got things wrong, predicting crazy, impractical devices to make home care easier (for women). Well in 1959, RCA and Mechanix Illustrated got it right. » 12/18/08 11:00am 12/18/08 11:00am