The Most Accurate (and Inaccurate) Predictions About Homes of the Future

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Click to view For decades, scifi movies and futurist documentaries have promised us domestic bliss via flying cars and housecleaning droids. We may not have home heliports yet, but several old movies actually got it right when it came to predicting the crazy gadgets that would be in our homes today. We've whipped up an infographic for you (just click it to expand) that shows what nine movies predicted, and how accurate they were.We've labeled all the futuristic features of this home, and color-coded it so you can see which gadgets don't exist (red), sort of exist (yellow), and are in your kitchen right now (green). Below, you can see which movies each device came from, and a bar graph that measures how many greens the movie got vs. reds. We also included domestic vehicles like cars in our "home of the future." The documentary New Horizons turned out to be most accurate - at least when it came to domestic improvements that are possible with modern technology. This reel commissioned by General Motors focused on realistic advances in the automotive industry, looking only 20 years ahead. After all, why overreach? Googie's had yet to be built in its landmark style, and human spaceflight was but stardust in scientists' eyes. In all the flicks, two of the most accurately-predicted items were large screen TVs and videoconferencing. Wireless technology, implied often by The Jetsons, is now ubiquitous. Less popular devices available today include the Master Cook (in the form of kitchen computers), fins on cars, and thumbprint entry. Though the Scene Screen doesn't exist as such, it gets a yellow because it could be created by the do-it-yourself crowd. Just set up a projector display for your window. And you can create a Garden Center by winching a hydroponics rig above your dining room table. In the red zone are a lot of technologies we wish we had — or maybe not. You'll have to wait for the three seashells, walk-in Orgasmatron, and gigantic fruit (though we're already genetically modifying produce) - but anti-grav space boots probably aren't on the way anytime soon. Of course, what would a piece on everyday life in the future be without mention of the notorious flying car? The roadable aircraft in development today leave us with hope… as well as something to be desired. Even the promising Moller Skycar falls short, lacking the ability to be driven as an automobile. The self-driving, self-repairing, foam spewing car technology of Demolition Man is also unavailable to today's motorist. When compared to the domestic conveniences afforded to us now, this film's gorgeously grandiose vision of modern LA was the least in tune view of the future reviewed (we've got at least a couple of decades before 2032 to fix that, but we'd better get cracking). Personally, I'll be happy with a simple populuxe revival.