OK, fine, I can control my computer without touching it, but when am I getting a hoverboard?
Way back in the Mesozoic era when I was a kid, I would crack wise during old sci-fi movies I watched with my dad, marveling at the "futuristic" technology on display in many of them. He would patiently explain to me that when many of these movies were made, the gadgets really were futuristic. I laughed it off, but as I grew up (or at least as I got older), I watched as things that I thought were futuristic in movies became mundane and even obsolete technology. Even in the otherwise future-tech-laden "Back to the Future Part II," my son asked why they were still using faxes instead of e-mail, and my daughter asked about those mysterious bundles of "giant DVDs" seen in an alleyway. Lest anyone think my 6-year-old is a 21st century digital girl, the one tech item she asks me for the most: a rotary telephone. Not even joking.
I went through the tons of products we've reviewed recently at CNET and grabbed a handful that were in the realm of science fiction movies not that long ago, starting with the Leap Motion, which CNET's Scott Stein (the lucky guy) got to get his hands on. Or above. As much as it pained me, that meant excluding things we've had stories about on CNET News, such as bionic eye implants, what is essentially a medical tricorder from "Star Trek," and our possible future robot overlords.
Disclosure: "Star Trek," which gets mentioned frequently in this gallery (I'm a longtime "Trek" geek), shares the same parent company with CNET.
July 22, 2013 3:09 PM PDT
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| Caption by: Jeff Sparkman
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