1984: The Tot robot, manufactured by the now-defunct company Comro, puts a California sea lion through a series of tests during a demonstration at the New York Aquarium at Coney Island. The aquarium said at the time that they had plans to study the feasibility of incorporating a robot into its marine mammal shows.…
Another pushbutton development will be projection of microfilm books on the ceiling or wall in large type. - 1959 prediction from the Sunday comic strip "Closer Than We Think" for the future of media
Commuters reading their newspapers on a train in Philadelphia circa 1955 — decades before the invention of that grossly antisocial device: the smartphone.
"Miss Futurama," Betty Crain of Indiana, is seen wearing a transparent outfit made of "synthetic glass," otherwise known as plastic. She's presenting a streamlined car to Harvey Gibson, chairman of the board of the 1939-40 New York World's Fair.
Did you know that the notoriously flammable Hindenburg airship had a smoking room? Passengers could only get to it through an airlock door. But yes, the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg had a special room where people could set sticks of tobacco on fire. (1937)
There have been a number of attempts to modernize the much beloved Post-it note, but the "Quickies" concept developed by MITs Ambient Intelligence Group may be the most viable to date. Using RFID technology, AI and ink recognition, Quickies relay written information to our computers and cellphones—making the notes…