6 Inventions from The Jetsons That Are Totally a Thing Now
The Jetsons premiered on September 23, 1962, and has become one of those classic cartoons permanently engrained in our collective childhood memories. The show depicted an average 21st century American family living in the highly technologically advanced year of 2062. Here we are in 2016, and we’re actually closer to the year the fictional Jetsons lived in than the year the creative TV show debuted (only 46 short years from the future ’62 vs 54 from the old ’62). While certain pieces of Jetson tech have never quite been realized and likely never will (like Jane Jetson’s ability to face swap), there are lot of other gadgets and innovations that the beloved cartoon accurately predicted.
‘ creators invented the smartwatch back when Steve Jobs was but a boy — or a version of the smartwatch, anyway. Elroy’s pal had a timepiece that he could use to watch the latest episode of The Flintstones (great plug for your other show there, Hanna-Barbera ;) that came with a colored screen and everything. While it definitely bears more than a passing resemblance to the Apple Watch, we don’t have streaming abilities on our watches (yet). Hey Netflix, what do you think?
Rosie the Robot:
3D printed foods and candy that quite literally comes right out of a machine. Next up, hot foods.
4. Video Chat: The Jetsons pretty much video chatted whenever they needed to communicate with one another. While we thankfully still have audio-only convos (because TBH, who is camera ready 24/7?), but with apps like Skype and Apple’s own FaceTime, this technology is our reality. Welcome to the future, guys.
Peek-a-Boo Prober Capsules:
The Jetsons. After you swallow the tiny capsule, the camera will take several pictures from inside your gut, which is incredibly helpful for endoscopies and helping to diagnose small bowel bleeding and other gastrointestinal issues. Science!
Flying Cars… Kinda:
EHANG 184 that showcased at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Before tackling flying cars, however, we’re likely to see self-driving cars first. Current predictions estimate that the first semi-automated self-driving cars will be hitting the streets in 2020.