There’s a reason we all had plastic lightsabers and space guns as kids: they’re awesome. But they’re just science fiction, right? Check out our wish list of sweet gadgets from futuristic flicks—including Iron Man 3, available on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD September 24—and let your imagination run wild…
Rolling Ball 3D Projector, Iron Man 3 What it is: Aldrich Killian tosses some metal spheres on a table and suddenly we can look inside his brain. Pepper Potts appears to be impressed. Can we have it? Micro-sized projectors are widely available these days, with several companies offering them in smartphone attachment form, so we’re more than halfway there…
Flux Capacitor, Back to the Future What it is: Key ingredient in an automobile-based time machine. Can we have it? In order to create a wormhole, a time traveler must extract every drop of energy from a star or black hole. Once that’s tackled, dive on in and hope it stays open long enough for you to return to reality. Good luck, Einstein.
Lightsaber, Star Wars What it is: Futuristic plasma sword. Available in assorted colors. Can we have it? Unfortunately for the aspiring Jedi, the blueprints for a real-life lightsaber are a little far fetched. A beam made of plasma would likely melt, while one made of light would hardly slice through paper, let alone Darth Vader.
Neuralyzer, Men In Black What it is: Stick that erases hours to years of a target’s memory. Can we have it? You can have a neuralyzer of your very own for a cool $400. Which you’ll need to erase the memory of just spending $400 on a prop replica...
High-tech Voicemail, Iron Man 3 What it is: After the assault on his Malibu mansion, Tony lets Pepper know he’s OK via the mask of one of his Iron Man suits. That is, like, way cooler than an emoticon-laden text message. Can we have it? Well, the new iPhone 5S came out today—we’ll get back to you when we’re done with it.
Proton Pack, Ghostbusters What it is: Particle accelerator charged with protons that attracts negative energy. Can we have it? Sci-fi nerds can spend months souping up their Jansports, but trusting that your backpack can capture a ghost is more fiction than reality. Much more.
Transporter, Star Trek What it is: A tube that sends you to another world in a jiffy. Can we have it? The physical power it would take to scan, destroy, transport and rebuild a human being from molecules is highly unrealistic and, um, suicidal.
Dream Machine (Pasiv Device), Inception What it is: Briefcase that networks dream states to alter perceptions of reality. Can we have it? Science has come close to being able to read your mind with medical EEG and FMRI machines, but diving into others’ dreams and reconstructing subconscious brain activity is a dream in itself.
Remote-Controlled Suits of Armor, Iron Man 3 What it is: Sometimes you have to summon everything at your disposal to win a battle. In this case, that means a bunch of empty suits of armor whose command is your wish. Can we have it? Voice-operated technology has been around for years. It’s more the giant flying combat robots that we’re waiting for DARPA to unveil…
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